New Orleans, Louisiana June 30th 1885 to Monroe, Louisiana
William Abram O’Kelly Sr. to his wife Georgiana Van Emburgh O’Kelly
My Dear Wife,
I have tried three asylums but have not succeeded in getting a nurse, the Superiors were very kind, they would like ever so much to oblige but at present it was impossible or they did not give out girls at all other places. It was a place of trade and they did not allow their girls to go out to nurse. I only tried three places and got discouraged, I had a very unpleasant trip My nerve was so much used up, but after telegraphing you I did not stop to get anything to eat until I had gone to all the asylums uptown. I do not think it worthwhile to go down amongst the French and Spanish asylums if I could not succeed with the english speaking I know I could do nothing with the foreigners. I will leave here tomorrow evening.
From Your Affectionate Husband,
William A. O’Kelly