Malinda Van Emburgh to her daughter Georgian Van Emburgh O’Kelly
Monroe, La December 20 1888 to Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, La
The children are all well this morning and Abe [William Abram O’Kelly Jr.] is one year old. I bought the children a turkey hen for Sunday. Jennie [O’Kelly] says she will send you some thing. I think Jennie misses you more than any of the children and often looks sad. I hope you continue to improve and try to be contented. The children all send their love too and Abe sends a birthday kiss to his mamma and Aunt Mary* sends her love and says she is glad to hear you are improving.
* “Aunt Mary” is likely Malinda’s step-niece, Mary Leona Wimberly.