October 2, 1898
To: Matilda Brown
From: Willis Brown, Chicago, IL
Apologizes for not writing. Lizzie is in Michigan and has not been well lately. He was surprised to hear of Hattie’s death. When Lizzie is ready to go home, he wishes his mother would come with her. It would give Nancy a chance to stay with and help care for her mother.
Claude K. Brown
Designer and Illustrator
Ihling Bros. & Everard.
166 Frankfort St.
I know I have not done my duty in failing to write to you and am ashamed of it but I know you hear from us every week and so have selfishly shifted the responsibility on Hank and Bessies shoulders.
I dont write many letters. It is not hard to do it when I get at it but I do dread to begin.
You of course know by this time that Lizzie is in Michigan and I presume you will see her soon. She has been poorly and suffered a great deal for the last two months and I hope the change will do her good.
Ray and I are “baching” it and have done fairly well for the last two days.
I was down to the Gallery a little while tonight and took supper with Hank and Bessie. It was a dull day in the Gallery owing to the almost continual rain. The worst day we have had this summer and I think it a wonder that he made any pictures at all.
Now when Lizzie gets better and stronger and is ready to come back I think it will be a good idea for you to come with her. It would not be any more tiresome for you to come here on the car than it was for you to take the trip you did out to Galesburg when I was there and you know I thought I would come there in March again so if you could come here and stay during the winter I could go home with you then if you did not want to stay longer.
With love to all
Your loving son
 He was using the stationery of his nephew, Claude Brown, the son of Henry and Nancy (Keith) Brown
 Will’s brother, Henry A. Brown
 Bess Brown, Henry’s daughter
 Will’s wife, Elizabeth (Ogden) Brown
 She was about two months’ pregnant with their youngest son, Charles Brown
 Will’s son, age 12
 Hank was a photographer and had a gallery in Chicago
 His maternal first cousin, Josephine (Allen) Curtiss
 Harriet (Allen) Maxon (cemetery records list her as Myra Hannah Maxon) was the daughter of Charles and Harriet (Carpenter) Allen. New York death records show she died March 18, 1896 in Sodus, New York
 Galesburg, Michigan
 Kalamazoo, Michigan
 Nancy (Keith) Brown, Hank’s wife
 Sarah (Crawford) Keith (see Louese Harris’ September 22, 1898 letter to Nancy)
 Matilda lived with Nancy, in Kalamazoo, Michigan