Monroe, Louisiana to Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, Louisiana January 26th 1889
William Abram O’Kelly Sr. to his wife Georgiana Van Emburgh O’Kelly
Your letter of the 23rd was received last night. I did not receive the letter from Ma. I don’t see how it could have gone astray.
It has been raining all the week and every thing is slop. Our cook did not turn up this morning and I had to cook breakfast my self. It was half past nine when I got to the stove. I hired another woman to day. She is old Susans daughter. She will come in tomorrow. When is Ma coming home. She said she would stay about a week.
There was several robberies committed in town last night. They got $35 from Judge Richards and [damaged page] $ from S. Meyers.
The children have bad colds and [page damaged] a little sick with her but we all hoping for the best. It is hard to keep them in the house.
I hope you are still improving and that your sore throat will be well by the time this reaches you. Has Charley Hilton called to see you yet. I do not want him to practice on you.*
All send love,
Your affectionate husband
*When William wrote that he did not want family friend Charley Hilton “to practice” on his wife, he was making a joke. You see, Charley was the coroner of Monroe at the time.
Monroe, Louisiana January 24, 1889 to Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, Louisiana
William Abram O’Kelly to his wife Georgiana Van Emburgh O’Kelly
Your letter of the 21st was received last night. I was very glad to hear that you were better and I hope that you will continue to improve. I know Bootsie would be a great deal of company to you.
We are getting along tolerable well, Sonny still has a right bad cough and it is almost impossible to keep him in the house out of the rain. I found him yesterday wet to the knees and in consequence did not get much sleep last night but he eat a healthy breakfast this morning. The baby’s cough is a little better. He slept right well last night.
I planted the potato and two rows of English peas yesterday. I had just planted them when it began to rain and has been raining ever since. It looks like it would rain all day. I will remember what you say about the turnips and will not destroy any of them and will plant more when the weather will permit.
The McQuillar’s are going to the country again this year. Andrew* could not find any work in town. The Cook’s have already moved to Bastrop. Mattie Harrison** [Martha Dull Harrison] is suffering with neuralgia.
All join me in love to you
Your affectionate husband
William A O’Kelly
* Andrew Jackson McQuillar – Born August 23, 1852 Died abt. 1910 Monroe, Louisiana. Husband of Harriet “Hattie” Bell who is Georgiana’ s maternal 1st cousin.
** Martha Dull Harrison. Georgiana’s maternal aunt.