Letters to A A (Lon) Austin from 1887 and one from 1888

Envelope: Oswego, NY
April 17, 1887
My Dear Brother,
I am still improving very fast and the doctor says I may sit up tomorrow. I have had very good care and everyone has been very kind.

I have been living on beef tea, but now I have anything I want. Mrs. Shelly, the housekeeper, fixed me a lovely pice of toast this morning, just like mother fixes it and it tasted so good. I ate a whole slice.

Today noon they sent me up chicken, mashed potatoes, a dish of corn, tea bread and butter and a dish of ice cream. Of course, I could not eat so very much of it, but you can see that I have everything and more than I want.
Your loving sister Aida.

I received your kind letter today. I am still gaining and was out doors a little while this afternoon. I think perhaps I had better not stay the rest of the term for I am afraid I shall not be able to make up what I have lost. I will see what I can do and let you know soon. Father has not sent the money yet. I will let you know as soon as he does.

You did not say by what line you would send the package, but I may get it alright and if so will let you know as soon as possible. Ever your loving sister, Aida

May 10, 1887
Dear Friend
Was pleased to hear from you, but as I have refused two other invitations for tomorrow night, it would be hardly fair to have you call…

I will reserve next Monday, the 16th inst. for you.

I must close now, will post this on my way to the Union
Yours very hastily, Helena Gillespie

Henry & Nathan Russell & Day
Sholesale Dealers in
Glassware, Keosene Lamps and Crockery
No. 42 Barclay Street
New York, July 20, 1887

Mr. A A Austin
Dear Sir
I herewith enclose you postal order for 25 Cents and am most truly grateful to you for your kindness and may you always be as fortunate in finding as good a friend in times of necessity. The ant was small, but the spirit was same as if much larger and a very commendable one.

Thank you again for your kindness which through by the operation found a good square hearted man, yet. Even with that pleasure in view, care not to get caught that way again.
Believe me sir, your friend,
Wm A Linimous

Envelope: Mr. Albert A. Austin
#713 Prospect Place, Brooklyn, NY

Eldred, NY, July 27, 1887
Dear Brother,
Mort and father were out to Bethel, Monday to see about a wagon. They can not possibly get one before the last of next month and as that will be too late, Mort wants to know if you will go in with him in taking Irv’s place and get him on the cars there. That is if mother will let us have the furniture. He will take the shoes off the horse and put them to pasture and father, Dora and I will stay there, then next summer, Mort will go to caring boarders…

Be sure and write tomorrow. Your loving sister, Aida

Tell Maria I will write to her today or tomorrow. I hope we go to Irve’s place and we will have just a lovely time when you come up this fall. How soon does Maria think she can come?

Brooklyn, April 5, 1888

Friend Albert,
I received your letter and I was glad to hear from you. I think it was time you thought of me. I am glad to hear you are enjoying yourself.

I tell you, we had a hard time of it through the storm. The road was stopped for three days. The company sent for all the men to come down to Park Ave. to shovel snow.

Well we went to work for about one hour when someone told us BCRRCo was paying forty cents an hour and of course, that caused a tie up right away in the shovels, for they were only paying us twenty.

Then we appointed a committee and sent them in the office to see the President and they came out with thirty cents an hour for us and after we found out that BCRR was only paying twenty cents an hour.

Well to talk about that girl of yours, I have her down every night and she is growing prettier everyday I get a smile off her. Every time she gets on and yesterday I was talking to her about you and asked her to give me a couple of smiles to send up to you, but she said she could not for they would get rusty before you got them.

I am having great sport as usual taking in balls and theatres. I got a nice late straight run with Wohlfarth the Dutchman on with me.

I don’t think we will do the sneak act often. Them grapes this summer lie we did last. I suppose you don’t forget the day we were out in the park with them damsels. I seen Kate about a month ago and I done the old act over again and she was asking for you.

Now when you come down here, I hope you will come and see me and I will have a nice girl for you. Now I will close my letter, wishing you happy times.

Your Faithful Friend, Thos F. Brady
ps I hope it will not be long before you will write again and let me know how you are getting along.

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