Your letter cheered me mightily -- for verily the righteous are having a reward.
Mrs Blackstone has given $3000.00 which completes the ten as I have just written to Mrs Bowen. This puts you down for $2500, which I shall always regret unless that old Cook mortgage pays up.
I am now smiling and trying to get the remainder on the gym fund but feeling much encouraged! The Ponds are slower than usual about the moving of the building and I spend much time in poking them up. [page 2]
I called at the house yesterday. Aunt Sarah was lunching with your two brothers and looking very housewifely and happy. You know that J and K. were here to dinner and we had really a very jolly time. I have not seen Mrs Herrick at all for which I am very sorry.
I miss you all the time, perhaps the awful labors are worthwhile -- but I doubt it. With love to your father and mother -- always yours J. A.
May 15" 1901