William Abram O’Kelly to his wife Georgiana Van Emburgh O’Kelly
Monroe, Louisiana December 23, 1888 to Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, Louisiana
We got your letter yesterday morning and we were well pleased with the new that it contained we hope and pray that you may continue to improve every day. The children talk about you a good deal but Sonny [James George O’Kelly] misses you more than any of the others. The baby [William Abram O’Kelly Jr.] gets worse spoiled every day, but he is getting fat.
Charlie Crosley was killed here yesterday evening in Jim Norman’s saloon by a gambler. The man claimed to have down it in self defense.*
We all seem to be enjoying tolerable good health, bad colds about the worst. I hope you are having good weather so you can go out a little. We look for a letter about every other day.
All send love.
* Charles Clayton Crosley was a young planter of Ouachita Parish that was shot and killed by Thomas R. Dennis who was running a picture lottery. A dispute arose between the two about the game when Crosley drew his pistol. Dennis was the quickest, however, and shot Crosley four times resulting in instant death. Denis had previously been accused and acquitted of two similar charges of murder and did not deny the charges simply stating that he “never attempted to run over anybody and that he allowed no man to run over him.” Dennis was not convicted of the murder of Charley Crosley whose wife Kate gave birth to a baby girl just six days after his death.