Handwritten Letter & Locks of Hair (Archive #3340)


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Handwritten letter, and lock of hair, accompanying the post-mortem photo of the emaciated girl (Archive #3340).

A very key word that I am unable to make out is, second line from the bottom, “the ____. It is so sickly.” It appears to be “Shawl”, but that wouldn’t make much since considering the next few words. It also wouldn’t make much sense that he would capitalize the S, when he hadn’t done so anywhere else in the letter.

Here is my translation.. feel free to add comments here, or if you’re an Archive member, on the website.

Yonkers June 16th
My Dear Aunt,
Grandmother’s box started this morning and will be at Mr. Maynards about Wednesday.
You must write and let us know as soon as you receive it. Enclosed is two dollars for the
(Shawl?), it is so sickly I don’t think I shall go to B___ this summer. 
In haste (?) Dwight

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