Samuel Heslet's letter to daughter Ella Heslet Eager dated 31 Jan 1881. Samuel was living in Mendota, Illinois and Ella was living in Meridan, Illinois, about 4 miles away. Ella was married to John Eager and they were preparing to leave for North Dakota.
Jan. 31st, 81
I write to say to you that we are about as well as usual, with the exception of you mother- who has been suffering all afternoon with a pain in her stomack- not real bad but severe enough to make her miserable. she ate no supper tonight. It is quite a stormy day- furious tonight- hope you are all comfortable. We are all very anxious to have you come + stay with us- you
must not think of going any where else. I think you would better not think of going with John. you will not be comfortable or if you should be, it will be at great expense to you. We all unite in writing you to come + stay with us. we have plenty of room in our house and still more in our hearts- so come right along. Harry will amuse his G.mother. Come as soon as you can and stay as long as you wish to.
John must come and stay awhile before he goes. S.M.H.
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