Titus, Frances W. Letter to Amy Kirby Post.


Handwritten letter from Frances W Titus to Amy Kirby Post, July 21, 1883.


July 21, 1883

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I have written
this hurriedly &
have not had
time to look it
over-- am going
over to sit a
while with Soj &
read to her.
She gets so lone-
Please excuse
all mistakes
and accept much
love from

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                Battle Creek Mich. July 21st, 83
                      No. 41 North Avenue.

My ever dear Amy
                                For weeks & months
& I might almost say years, I have often
& often thought I would write you, but with
such a busy life as I have here it was
easier to defer than to accomplish it.
I almost wonder how then there seems an open-
ing for the accomplishment of this object.
I went west last winter & was gone several
weeks. The sister you have heard me speak of was
quite ill & I went mostly on her account.
She is now with me & in better health.  Also
I have another sister, (a half sister) from Leav-
enworth Kansas, who has been visiting me since
in May.  She will probably stay till Oct. 
We are enjoying our visit together much. They
are both intelligent & liberal minded -- we
enjoy the same books & the same ideas,  so
it is all around most agreeable.

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Our old friend Sojourner lives only
about 3 blocks away & we see her quite
 often.  She has had a hard summer.
 Her leg has been much more trouble-
some than before in years -- badly swollen
& the raw sore much enlarged.  The
pain, at times, is intense.  Some times [sic] I think
she will last only a little time, but she has
rallied the last [week?] & is better now than
she has been in two months previous.  Her
mind seems just as bright as ever,  I
can see no falling off.  It is most wonderful
at least we think so, because it is un-
common.  She keeps cheerful & patient through
it all.  She very often speaks, with a great
^deal^ of feeling of you & wants to see you again.
We would all be so rejoiced to have you
 come here this summer.  Phebe Willis speaks
of it & desires it, as we all do.  Now come you
just pick up your bonnet & come.
I think you would enjoy it, for we will
do all in our power to make you comfort-

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able & happy. I do not know how your health
is but I hope you feel equal to the journey.
There are many questions I would like to ask.
About Lucy & her sister, how & where they are.
The Mitchels what of them;  after 4 years have
gone by.  Helen Mitchel -- was a good [ideal?] of
a woman, had circumstances been propitious
What is her fate?  The Underhills, where are
they?  I would dearly love to see Leah.  Soj-
ourner wants to hear from her & all the family
Is Lilly married or is the family still togeth-
er.  How I wish I could ask these questions
in person. I would write to Leah, but she
will not answer, she cannot bear to
write -- is all out of the habit.  I should
think she would be glad to hear from Sojourner
for she seemed to take such an interest
in her.  Sojourner has not forgotten her at
all but speaks in the tenderest terms of her.
    Dear Amy the money you sent to
Soj was most gratefully rec’d, it has
nearly all been used for fuel.  She sits by a
fire summer & winter & her bill for fuel is

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quite large.

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Where & how are Willett and family? Is the
baby nice? Where is Mary? It will be as easy
to come here & talk to me as to answer all these

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I have thought that some person of wealth
might bequeath a few hundred dollars to
Sojourner, which would most likely last
her as long as she would need earthly help.
I often see in the Womans Journal mention
made of some bequest to either  [individuals?]
or Colleges.  I have tried very hard & faithfully
to get up a little fund for her to draw from
but have not succeeded.  Ever since
the winter of 76 I have seen to her support,
either by taking her to [illegible] meetings or
from my private resources.  Sojourner is
very different from an ordinary poor person
She has been so much & done so much &
suffered so much, it gives me a [sensitive?]
feeling for her & whilst I have a living & she
needs one I hope to continue in my care
of her.  It does not seem at all likely
she will continue to need care very much
longer.  It would gladden her heart to see
thee once more. Do you hear from [Parks?]
or Fred Douglas [sic];.  Lovingly, Your Frances.

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Post, Amy Kirby, b. 1802
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“Titus, Frances W. Letter to Amy Kirby Post.,” Post Family Papers Project, accessed May 25, 2018, https://rbsc.library.rochester.edu/items/show/6165.