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Letters written by Matilda Ballard Kinsey 1887

The  original letter is followed by a transcription that is easier to read.
courtesy of Evelyn Morgan via e-mail

Marchell town
Marchell Co
November th8 1887

Dear Children
I will try wonst maer to write a few lines I wold not say a few lines but  I do not feel very well but I want to so bad for I am so lonsom feal so much maer so when I ant well  I have come to Marchell town to stay a few days  get me a few things for winter  Well I do hope you are all well and doing well  the rest of thu famley as fer as I no Fannie Landes has a nother baby a boy  Since I last wrote to you not Stout tha have moved to Conred and I suppose Linleys wife will be sick about the midel next month is very porley in health now I have thought so much of you in my lonley evenings if you cold onley come over and viset me but it is so and I have to contin my self 
Well Dear ones I and Linley has got some cards for all our famley and, Aunt, Ruth Wileys Aunt Fannie Lundey thu was sent to us from New Jersey I suppose thu Dr, had sent Faters name to them on the death role  So we will send yours with this letter in Remembrance of Father
I wold be verey glad you cold come and see us this winter if you cold do hit if you cold with out scakrificen to much if it is god will if not meete me in haven  I cant heare a word from Beorge nor John to tell them of Fathers death my love ever to you and little boys granma loves you dearley
Matilda
Kinsey
write whenever you can 
do come if you can

 Marshalltown, Marshall Co, Iowa
 8 Nov 1887

Dear Children,

I will try once more to write a few lines.  I would not say a few lines,  but I do not feel very well.  But, I do want too so bad for I am so lonsome; feel so much more so when I'm not well.  I have come to Marshaltown to stay a few days and get me a few things for winter.
Well, I do hope you are all well and doing well.  The rest of the family,  as far as I know, Fannie Landes has another baby boy.  Since I last wrote to you, not (Nate)Stout 's have moved to Conred; and I suppose Linley's wife will be sick about the middle of next month---is poorly in health. Now I have thought so much of you in my lonely evenings.  If you could only come over and visit me; but it is so, and I have to contain myself.  Well dear ones, I and Linley has got some cards for all our family.  Aunt Ruth Wileys, Aunt Fannie Lundey, tho was sent to us from New Jersey.  I suppose tho, Doctor had sent Father's name to them on the death role.
So, we will send yours with this letter in rememberance of father.
I would be very glad you could come and see us this winter, if you could do it.  If you could without scarificing too much; if it is God's will if not, meet me in heaven.
I can't hear a word from George nor John to tell them of Fathers death.
My love ever to you, and little boys' grandma loves you dearly

Matilda
Kinsey
Write whenever you can.
Do come if you can.


 WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH CO
 To David Kinsey
 Oakland, Ia.
 Aug 19 1887
 Whilton, Ia               (looks  like Pa?)
 David Kinsey
 Oakland
 Edmund Kinsey is dead
 SP Landis

 

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