Bess [ ]


Louie Strentzel Muir


Aunt Bess


Bonham Texas March 23rd 1900 My Dear Louie I have thought ever since receiving yours and Wanda’s beautiful Christmas remembrances, I would write and thank you for them and tell you how much I appreciate your loving remembrance. I have not been strong this winter and have waited for Spring to bring me my usual health and I am better. I have thought of you so many, many time and thought how much I would give to see you again. I do think you might make us a visit. I think we could find things of interest—if not of beauty—in Texas for Mr. Muir. If you could come let the girls come make us a visit and I am sure they will enjoy it. Eva so often wishes for them for she is so fond of girls and usually has some of her girl friends with ther for [Emmet] is away a great deal. I ask you again- do let them come. Poor uncle Jack is totally blind never to see again- it is so sad. To think of life ending so dreadfully for him. He is quite miserable over it and [ ] not at all resigned to his bitter fate. His [ ] health is good. Willie Ryan has married again also Mary Ryan has married. She married a Mr. [ ] much older than she. [Industrious] and honest but her fathers friend [man] for a number of years. She lives near her father. Now Louie do write me and [let] me how you are all about yourself and of Fannie whome I would like so much to see. I send by mail a piece of Battenburg lace for your table which I intended [sending] some time ago but have waited to write. With warmest love for all I am affectionately Aunt Bess


Bonham, TX

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Resource Identifier

1900 Mar 23 Aunt Bess to Louie

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