Archive:Letter, Fannie Fritz to Hugh Whitney, 1886
Francis Jane 'Fannie' (Whitney) Fritz to Hugh Monticello and Mathilda Caroline 'Till' (Heberlein) Whitney, 21 November 1886.
I G. CLINTON GARDNER, Receiver, The Buffalo, New York & Philadelphia RAILROAD COMPANY Nunda Station, Nov 21st 1886 Dear Brother Hugh and Till It seems as though words by pen can-not express my feelings to you but its sad for you too. Ma can-not write you a birthday letter this year but read your old one and think of Ma at rest, I do not wish her back to suffer as she has for a few years but is seems as though I could never give up that I can not see her anymore, she died so sweetly to think of her cast no shadow oer deaths pillow Vick seems more reconciled than I feared he would. But poor Old Pa. He's alone in the world now I do feel so sorry for both of them for they are the ones that have got to stay there and see the vacant chair. Luthera will do all she can to make home pleasant for them but she is not able to do any thing much the same girls Ma had will stay till spring perhaps longer. I will in time send you something of Ma's, Till, the old Bible she thought so much off she wanted Hugh you to have I believe, I came home the day of the funeral as I left little Willie sick in Elisa's charge. I had baby with me he is a big fat fellow 8 mo old. Ma kissed him & he little knew its the last time laughed and is so good. We call him Harry Austin. I could not stay to see to any thing but will go home when all are well and see to things. Ma wanted I should dispose of her clothing as I thought you girls would like and her two sisters; its not much of course for she was comfortably clothed but nothing for show the new dress that Mamie & Free gave her for Christmas two years ago she had just got made this summer & worn it once or twice its something Mamie can fix for her self without much trouble I guess Ma wanted she should have it again with the little bonnett that was made off same. When they brake up house keeping then Till you and Hugh will be remembered in bedding &c. thats made of her own dear hands that are at rest she thought of everything & talked off all of you. No we cannot wish her back. Hugh how old are you 35 or 36. I can not tell write me baby is crying S. has tended him as long as he can keep him quiet & Elisa has Willie to see too he is better think its his double teeth he has a high fever & oh so cross. Good bye let me hear from you do write to Vick & Pa they think so much off hearing from you. NOTE: The Elisa mentioned is Eliza D. Crane, the Fritz family's housekeeper, as listed in the 1900 and 1910 census records.
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