William Abram O’Kelly to his wife Georgiana Van Emburgh O’Kelly
Monroe, Louisiana December 19, 1888 to Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, Louisiana
My dear wife,
Your good letter came last night – we were all glad to hear that you were better. The children jumped with delight. You can only imagine how we were pleased to have such good news. I hope and pray that you may continue to improve and that gas will do you all the good the doctor thinks it will. I have heard of it before but did not know that is was used there.*
We are not going to forget that poor sick child so far away from home when Christmas time comes. We will send something if only a cake. I sent Tom [Thomas Swan O’Kelly] the turkey yesterday. He was a big fat fellow.
It is so cold I can hardly write, it is the coldest morning of the season. I hope it is warm and pleasant down there so you can take a little walk. Now darling take good care of your self and get all the benefit of the medicine so that you will soon get well and come back to your loving family. We miss you very much but we put that all aside waiting for you to get well.
Sonny [James George O’Kelly] seems to be the only one of the children to miss you now and then. He says I wish I could see Mama.
Keep up your spirits darling. We all pray that you may soon return to us.
All send love to you
Your affectionate husband
* The “gas” treatments that Georgiana received is a medical procedure known as artificial pneumothorax in which her lung infected with tuberculosis was collapsed and filled with nitrogen through a needle inserted into her chest.