Monroe, Louisiana January 21st, 1889 to Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, Louisiana
William Abram O’Kelly Sr. to his wife Georgiana Van Emburgh O’Kelly
I have just this minute received a dispatch from Tom saying Ma and Bootsy got there all right. I got a letter from Tom last night. He said that you had spent the day at his house and had eaten a good hearty dinner that is the kind of news I like to hear about you. I hope Ma will enjoy her trip.
This is the coldest morning we have had this winter but it is bright and clear.
The baby is getting along tolerable well. His cold is a little better than it was the night before. I hope the weather will be good while Ma is there so that you all can go about every day.
Sonny started to tear up last night. He came to me with his eyes sticking out Pop aint you sorry Gran and Bootsy aint here. boo hoo. I laughed at him and soon got him in a good humor. I did not have a chance to go to church yesterday. Aunt Martha* did not come till too late. Tell Ma I got the keys allright.
The children are all doing tolerable well.
Our new cook does tolerable well but she gets breakfast might late.
All of us send love to you all.
Your affectionate husband W.A.O’Kelly
*Martha Dull Morrison Harrison, sister of Malinda Dull and Georgiana’s aunt.