September 22, 1872
To: Frank Tomlinson
From: Henry Keith, Galesburg, MI
His plans to go west fell through as his friend has lost or is likely to lose his property. He will try to start a business in the fall.
Galesburg Sept 22nd 72
You doubtless wonder at my long silence. I can only explain it by saying that I have been neglectful of a duty which realy deserved an early attention. I have lived all around among the folks except Helen’s and have not _____. I have been down to the lake and I have found out the difrence tell Aunt between sneezing and —–. ____ went down with me. He stayed at Oscars the first night. I stayed there the last night and he stayed at Katie’s. The folks were all well. Mary Ann has a Johnie ____ about six weeks old. I attended the State fair last week it was a poor affair, poor show. I have given up the idea of going west at present. ____ has lost or is likely to loose nearly if not all of his property. I am going to see if I can’t find a place to start business this fall but don’t know as I can make it go or where I shall go. I am anxious to find a good location a town that will be likley to become a large town. I have not talked very much with father about it if he does not think it best for me to do so I shall look for a place to work this winter.
Ethan is working for Mart this summer. Aunt Katie is well as usual. Pas health is better than last fall. I had rather take a whipping than to write a letter. I suppose Nellie is at home by this time.
Please write soon.
H. L. Keith
 Helen (Bradley) York, his paternal first cousin
 His paternal first cousin, James “Oscar” Keith
 His paternal first cousin, and Oscar’s sister, Frances Catherine “Kate” (Keith) Chaffee
 Oscar’s wife, Mary Ann (Batey) Keith
 Oscar & Mary Ann’s son, John Herbert Keith, who was born August 10, 1872
 His half-brother, Ethan Keith
 Martin Milham, the husband of Henry’s first cousin, Lucy (Lee) Milham
 Catherine (Keith) Bradley Lee
 Charles Luke Keith Jr.
 Frank’s sister, Nellie Tomlinson