1876 Letters

May 30, 1876 letter to Frank Tomlinson from Henry Keith

May 30, 1876

To: Frank Tomlinson

From: Henry Keith, Galesburg, MI

Blog Date: 09-25-2018

Doesn’t have any news and has been expecting a letter from Nellie so “will bring this uninteresting letter to a close.”

Scan of 1876-05-30 Henry Keith to Frank Tomlinson

Galesburg May 30th 1876[1]

Dear Cousin

After waiting a long time I will now reply to your most welcome letter which I rec’d from you a long time ago. I have been expecting a letter from Nellie[2] but have not got one yet. This will be my last letter until I get one from some of you. We are having cold frosty nights very cold to cold for corn. Corn has come up and people have commenced working there corn. We finished planting potatoes to day. I saw Aunt Caty[3] last Saturday she sayed that Lucy[4] had just got a letter from your mother.[5] I have not seen Lucy in a long time. She is at Hellens[6] doing her work.

Well Frank I dont think of any thing that will interest you. If you had ever been here perhapps I could write some thing that would be interesting to you. Your letters are very interesting to me but I will suppose my letters are rather dull to you. I hope you will not be so negligent about writing as the rest of the folx. I will bring this uninteresting letter to a close. Write soon, and often.

Your truly,

[to] J. F. T.[7]             [from] H. L. Keith

P.S. You will have to excuse all mistakes for I write with many around me laughing talking and having a good time generally.


[1] While the year is not included in the date, since he is writing from Galesburg and writes about the cold weather affecting the farmers planting corn, it seems to fit in with other letters from 1876. It was also hard to decipher if it was written May 20th or May 30th

[2] Frank’s sister, Nellie Tomlinson

[3] Catherine (Keith) Bradley Lee

[4] Aunt Katie’s daughter, Lucy (Lee) Milham

[5] Marion (Sprague) Tomlinson

[6] Aunt Katie’s daughter, and Lucy’s half-sister, Helen (Bradley) York

[7] John Frank Tomlinson; however, he went by the name of Frank

 *Thanks to Leigh Terrass, great-granddaughter of John Frank Tomlinson, for sharing this letter with me and allowing me to post it. In order to keep the letters chronological in the https://lettersfromthe1860s.wordpress.com/ blog post, it was given a posting date of 09-25-2018 even though it wasn’t until September of 2021 that I received the letters from Leigh

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