Letter:GLENDAY, Ann to Hellen Glenday - 1884-12-05
|From||GLENDAY, Anne (1809-1890)|
|To||GLENDAY, Hellen (1807 - 1892)|
|Date:||05 Dec 1884|
|Collection||Skip & Winston Johns collection|
Saint Charles Dec 5, 1884
I have got back from the springs and my general health is much improved tho I still have some Catarral symptoms. you wonder that I did not take some one with me. I was able to take care of my self, and it costs too much money to pay the expense of one just for the pleasure of their company. I was very glad to get back to St. Charles. I think the springs are very medicinal for many diseases, and there are some wounderful [sic] cures, but every one that goes there is not cured. We are all very well at present Mrs Glenday is the picture of health and strength. Our family is very small only the old people and the little boy Shirley who is ten years old. George comes to see us every saturday evening; but that will soom stop as he is to be married wedensday week to one of the St. Charles girls. They will live in St. Louis, and are to begin to keep house at once.
It makes me feel sad, that the children are all gone so far away from us. I suppose it is the same with most of families in this restless age of ours. Everybody seems to be moving from one place to another. I think they often "change the place but keep the pain." There is always trouble of some kind in every place. a contented mind is a great blessing. Our children that went to San Antonia Texas would have done as well in Missouri and brought up their families better than in that New Country, and then what a comfort to be near friends.
John Lindsay lives on the old place has one daughter only. James Lindsay lives near, has only a son & daughter. they are both James and John in very moderate circumstances. Ann Lindsay is here with her sisters now, but is talking of going to Colorado to live with her only daughter who lives there. Look on the Map and see what a long journey for an old woman to take. Agnus & Isabel live in one home; but do not keep house together. The are both widows, and have just enough means to be comfortble in a plain way. Robert Pourie has a wife and three children, and is a rich man with us, he works at his stone cutting just the same as when poor, and is very stingy with his money. We are having a very mild winter hardly any frost yet.
I think you might be proud of your grandchildren, they both have great tallents for the fine Arts. Edwin has a very fine face, showing plainly that he has tallents, I think she would be classed as a very pretty girl, you have more pleasure with them now, than you will have ever again. It was so with me. I took great pleasure in their getting a good education but almost as soon as that was done they left home and now we are left alone in our old age. I hope yours will not have the disposition to travel as the Americans does but settle down quietly near their father and mother. I will write you after Georges marriage. Hoping this will find you all well I must close Give my love to all in the family. Write often
Your loving Sister A. G. Durfee
Handwritten original in the private collection of Skip & Winston Johns. Transcribed to softcopy by Susan D. Chambless, September 28, 2001.