Mary and Willis Hand
80Dont wear your strength to souly with your art work nor yet allow yourself to neglect it altogether I anticipate much pleasure in looking over your work. I am acquainted with quite a number of artists here. And that wonderful boy of yours Wheeler What a traveler he will be – on wheel, hand, or feet. He surely will westward roll following himself the [son?], Wanda no doubt will kiss him when he comes & may possibly even revolve around him. Louie says she is a fine dancer already. With brotherly love & more New Years wishes I am ever your brother John.Martinez January 1, 1883.Dear Sister Mary & brother Willis:Your kind holiday greetings reached us today & we cordially repeat them for you all earnestly hoping that the New Year may be rich in blessing & that you may have the dearest hopes of your lives fullfilled Maggie & Sarah are still here though their forlorn husbands are writing an uncons[illegible]onable lot of grumbling letters to them urging them immediate return right or wrong dead or alive These fret them so much that they can not expect any further benefit from their visit
1883 Jan 1
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