February 17, 1899
To: Bess Brown, Chicago, IL
From: Henry & Nancy Brown
Have everything packed and want Claude and Bess to look for a place for them to live. Henry will get there Saturday or Sunday but it will be a week from Monday or Tuesday until Nancy and Lela get there.
Feb 17 – 1899
Packed and all but one load in car. Will ship by chartered car and will have to find a place to live Monday so you and Claude look around Sunday and see what you can find. I will be there some time Sunday morning or Sat eve. Tell Ed I will have to be busy first of week and he cant get away before last of week as I can see. We will stay with Eda to-night, last night at Wagners. We go to Galesburg tomorrow morning.
Bess, I think you better get what Papa left this for me to finish but there is nothing to write much. Lela & I wont be there before a week from Monday or Tuesday. Auntie is sick in bed with “grip.” Aunt Lou cant come down so we will try & go up there again & from there to Chi. When the goods get there you will find in a bushel basket some plants. Take them out & water them & keep them from freezing if they are all right.
We will soon all be together.
 Their son, and Bess’ brother, Claude Brown
 Edgar Atkins, Henry’s paternal first cousin once removed. Edgar was also a photographer
 Claude’s fiancée, Edith “Eda” Neumaier
 Galesburg, Michigan, where Nancy’s parents lived
 Henry wrote the first part of the letter and Nancy finished it
 Their daughter, and Bess’ sister, Lela Brown
 Nancy’s sister, Hannah (Keith) Towne
 Nancy’s sister, Louese (Keith) Harris
 Chicago, Illinois