Louisville August 12th 1844
My dear Sister
I received your kind letter in due time and feel very much obliged to you for the interest you take in the welfare of my dear little Mary. I have taken your proposition into consideration and after much reflection I think that such an arrangement as you speak of can not be made at present, the expense would be too great for you to come here to take charge of her. I could not get you good comfortable board for less than four dollars per week, besides washing and other expenses, which would probably make it six or seven. I have been paying three dollars for the babys board and washing, but I have made a different arrangement with her and shall now pay but two dollars. She has not been doing well and I have been very much afraid that she would not get along, but I have now placed her with a Lady who has lost her own child, to nurse and I hope she will do better, she weighed a week ago when I made the change, seven and a half pounds, which is a half a pound less than when she was born; poor thing, she has had a hard time since she came into the world, but she looks better now and I trust that she may be yet spared to be a comfort to me. The Lady that has charge of her now is young and healthy and her first child, she lives with her mother, who has had a good deal of experience with children, they are from Boston and real Yankees, and I think will do well by her, she will keep her as long as she requires nursing. I should like very— page two —
if she could be where some of her relations could take charge of her but I can not think of parting with her, and I suppose there would small chance for me to find any thing to do in Philad by which I could make a certain living, and I think taking all things into consideration it will be best for me to stay where I am. I hope however that I shall be able to pay you a visit during the winter or spring, but I do not know.
Please give my love to Mrs Eplee and tell her that Iif our lives are spared she shall see the baby some time, she must not neglect of write to me about the name, I suppose she will have an opportunity to send by Mr. Marshall on his return. I requested him to call and see Mrs E and hope he has found time to do so.
If you go to Leominster you must give my love to Sidney and Sarah and Kelly, and to aunts Newhall, aunt Betsy and Mary Ann and all the rest of my friends there. I should like to see them once more but I do not that I ever shall in this world.
Give my love to all in Philada
Your affectionate Brother
Chas F. Bennett
You must write to me if you go to Leominster it is a long time since I have heard any thing from there