From Nellie Pringle Simmons to her husband Frank Simmons
Comments: Like the other letter Nellie wrote to Frank the day before, this was also written on the back of the back of a postcard.
James Whitcomb Riley ("J.W. Riley") was a popular Victorian poet whose work has been dismissed by modern readers as being too "sentimental."
Mary Hill was the name of James J. Hill's wife - could it be that one of the foremost residents of St. Paul was coming to visit, or is the name (admittedly quite common in the Victorian era) a coincidence? Mary Mehegan Hill was born in 1846 and died in 1921, so the dates work out.
Here is a scan of this letter.
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St. Paul Feb 17th 93. 8:15 AM
Dear Frank: - Mrs. Washington came over to see me yesterday about 10:30 and made a good long call asked Eliza & I to church with them Sat and to spend the morning. At two PM we started out and went to Alice's just before we reached there we visit Mr. N - and them gave me a picture of Norrish and Frances asked her mother's leave to send Georgie a card valentine that she had made. I will send it to him tomorrow. After leaving there we went to Mrs. Gardner and we had a nice long call. After that we called at Mrs. Blocks and she gave us five o' clock tea in true English style. I enjoyed it but suffered the consequences later in not being able to get to sleep. Then we wet to five o' clock ? at Mr. Morgan's church. There were at least 100 ladies and only one man. From church we walked to the house with Alice & Frances. After that Will came in and Fred exposed some of Henuan's tricks. Later Mr. & Mrs. M & I went out to make some calls and we went to Eliza's room & Ed read J.W. Riley poems to me. When Will came back he came up also & he & Ed worried Eliza saying they were going to the prize fight. We spent the aft & eve at Alice's today. Eliza & I are to make cake & the ? this AM. Mary Hill is to call this PM also. I was so glad to get your letters yesterday - hope you are getting along all right - Write everyday - Nellie.
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