December 14, 1885
To: Oscar Keith
From: Louese Harris, Shelbyville, MI
Letter of sympathy regarding Harvey’s death. She has seen Mrs. Cramer but not Mrs. Andrews whom she expects to come into the store in a day or two when she will ask her what she has to say about the case. She will then write back to him immediately.
Shelbyville Dec 14 /85
Dear Cousin Oscar
I rec’d your letter Thursday evening. Have seen Mrs Cramer but no Mrs Andrews (the woman that told Mrs Cramer the story concerning Harvey’s Death). Mrs Andrews does her trading[?] here at the store and will probably be here in a day or so but if she is not I will go and see her so that I can let you know what she has to say about the case probably by the last of the week. I will help you all I can and hope that what little I do find out from her will be of much benefit to you.
I sympathize with you in this your great sorrow and would do or say any thing to comfort you and Mary if it were possible but words and deeds are useless in your case, they could never heal the wounds. I wish you & Mary could have made me a visit while you were out would like to have seen you and heard from you the story of poor Harveys fate, such a terrible thing. Why was it to be so? As Mrs Rawson said why could not it have been some one deserving such a fate than an honest upright young man like Harvey beloved by all no one knowing aught against him.
It is nearly mail time and I must close hoping this will reach you safe. Will write immediately after seeing Mrs Andrews.
Yours with Love
 James “Oscar” Keith
 Oscar & Mary’s son, Harvey R. Keith, who was murdered July 28, 1885
 Louese’s husband, D. Harris, ran a general store in Shelbyville, Michigan
 Oscar’s wife, Mary Ann (Batey) Keith