March 2, 1881
To: Sarah Keith
From: Hiram Crawford, Jr., Chicago, IL
Hiram is sending a brief note along with $9.00. They are all well although Prosper and Belle are “complaining some.” They have just hired a new girl after the previous one departed following a disagreement with his wife, Kate. He is hoping that the new girl will work out, but the breakfast she served that morning would “sicken a dog.” Finally, he wants Sarah to tell her daughter, Lou, that Lill and John were married the previous evening.
All are well. LP & Bell are complaining some. About six months ago Kate and her girl had a little matinee[?] and since then we have been doing the work ourselves until yesterday when we secured a _____. I am in hopes she will improve. The breakfast she served up this morning would sicken a dog. A good girl is about the scarcest institution in this city.
Tell Lou, that Lill & John were married last Evening in the Church, big audience, everything went off very nicely. Her friends in the Society chipped in and made her a present of four Silver pieces Sugar Bowl Cream Pitcher Spoon holder & Butter dish.
Enclosed please find nine (9) doll[ars] with love.
Affectionately Your Brother
 Lucius Prosper Crawford, their younger brother
 Isabella (Steele) Crawford, Prosper’s wife
 Katherine (Atcheson) Crawford, Hiram’s wife
 Louese Jerusha Keith, Sarah’s youngest daughter, who had lived with Hiram & Kate during several school seasons while attending school in Chicago
 A letter from Louese to her sister Hannah dated August 24, 1878 mentioned “when Misses Jessie & Lillie Murphy, John Perry & Walter Pritkin came.” A search of the Cook County, Illinois marriage records show that a John Perry and Lillian Murphy were married on March 1, 1881, so presume these are the people mentioned in Hiram’s letter