[Letter of 1873 May 20]


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[Letter of 1873 May 20]




African American families
Husband and wife
Race relations


Anderson, Caroline Still, 1848-1911 [recipient]






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Pittsburgh May 20th 73/ My Dear Carrie/ Your welcome/ letter is at hand and/ I am pleased to say–finds/ me in good health– also/ that it left you all likewise. I dont doubt/ but that you are tired/ and if you were not my/ wife I hardly think I/ could sympathize with/ you– the idea of throwing/ away your time, labor,/ and talent with such/ ungrateful set as that/ white Centennial Committee/ of women – I wont say/ ladies - for I don’t/ consider them such –/ is a little more than/ I should be willing to do/ after them talking to/ Dr. Cole as they did./ I saw the whole of/ the interview in a/ Phila paper–at Mr/ Peck’s, I guess they will/ make you understand be/ fore they get through with/ you that they don’t want/ your society. I would/ have nothing to do/ with them, I feel anxious/ to get you from among them/ because I don’t believe/ you will accomplish/ anything why not do as/ I as do attend to your/ business and let them do/ the same, I don’t think it/ would be best to invest/ money in bonds of any/ kind anles[sic] you intended/ to let it stay for some/ time – what we want/ to do now is to get a/ home – After speaking to/ you about the matter, I/ wrote father– and found that/ he would need all the/ money he could get/ the first of June- so/ I told he[sic] if he wanted it/ he could have it. Of/ course I don’t expect to/ charge him any interest/ on it because we/ may want a favor of/ him and if we should/ not – we have already/ had many – Since/ I wrote you. I went down/ to the Depot to find what/ time the trains arrive here/ that leave Phila during/ the day – and I find that/ they don’t get here before two/ oclock A.M. next day./ They say you can take no/ train that will bring you/ here in one day – So I/ think you had better make/ arrangements about your/ baggage and staryt at/ 8-40 I think or on the 10-10/ P.M. eather[sic] of these trains/ will bring you here during/ the day – You must remember/ that we have got to go some/ distance in the country,/ Start Tuesday Evening 27 rush/ and let me know in your next/ which of the two trains you/ will take – that I may meet/ you. Give my love to all/ the family – with much love/ and many kisses for your,/ mother & Willie I am your/ devoted husband/ E A Wiley/