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.