Letter from John Green Lane to Helen Berry Lane, May 30, 1877

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Letter from John Green Lane to Helen Berry Lane, May 30, 1877






Lane, John Green




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Brompton (Fredericksburg, VA)

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Brompton Wed. May 30th, 1877,
Your letter came duly this morning. I am delighted you are having as agreeable a time outside the pleasure of being with Johns & Helen, they are fortunate indeed in having such social neighbors; and it was a pleasant surprise to you to meet [ ] [ ] & [ ] & his wife: you will I presume put on no airs in consequence of having traveled on the same (boat?) with Mrs.Hayes. It is a singular infatuation, that of bringing [negroes] to the front, there is no philanthropy in it. but the desire to be considered the champions and patrons of a downtrodden race, every man who established that college made money out of it from Ben [ ] down.
I (come?) in the stall the house cleaning yesterday & finished in there today; James [ ] is here coming yesterday to Dinner he is a commercial traveler in a Buggy, had left Balt a few days ago. Tomorrow he travels down the river so far as Port [ ]. [ ] this way: he does not evince any interest in the small amt. left by his ma and says he would prefer her will made some time ago., should be established, which divides equally between [ ] oldest [ ] and James's, [ ] [ ] and Mr Allen should attempt to aput a debt which would take it all in that case he would deem it right to visit. I met him down town and brought up a piece of lamb and give him a very nice dinner; he is hopeful of office under Hayes failing in the one he expected in the winter(.) Harry has been down town this morning and says [ ] [ ] he left with Willy. I shall miss you or rather he will whilst here we all consider him heavy, before this you have said I hope he has brought the feathers, in a half hour I shall know as that will bring them to dinner. By the way it was a good thing I boiled that ham; yesterday I had strawberries from our garden very fine and to day strawberries & peas. I fear the cold lamb, the remain of yesterday, will be skimpy.
To day Joe is at the cemetery, early in next week being decoration day and the children will not forget Grandma. To day is devoted to the decoration of the Yankee cemetery, I love [ ] they are organizing down town & we shall have the full benefit of the [ ] this evening. I have however a slight recollection that they turned off and left us out in the cold last year.
Harry was glad to get the gloves; he is now painting Lizzie's room. having given nary a coat yesterday. it now has a [ ] & was a grand improvement; I will bear in mind what you say of the middle room & try & get the counterpanes washed we have had very good bread, but it is grievous to see so much of that good flour (when it is so high) go at one time. Lizzie went down yesterday evening and brought up Emma Armstrong to stay the night with her, as Jim Bayly was here, I suppose, she entertained her in her Room, as she is becoming accustomed to your absence. I think she will soon be indifferent about the girls with her if she can spend the evening with myself & Harry. Harry says M Johns takes the [ ] Gazette & from that you will learn all about the [ ] route home, understanding you should get there before 3.30 PM to get a continuous ride home for you or your trunk. James B. came up to dinner, but Jimmy [ ] to [ ]. Willy said he heard nothing of the [ ]. Liz returned alone & does not expect one of the girls. My knee is much better, Betsy Williamson went home this morning. I drove down in the carriage and took her to the N. S. Depot, she was lifted to & from the carriage. I think Joshua Berry went to [ ] with her & perhaps all things. [ ] regrets your absence and desire his love.
Ever your affectionate

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Lane, John Green, “Letter from John Green Lane to Helen Berry Lane, May 30, 1877,” The Lane Family at Brompton, accessed February 23, 2019, http://lanefamily.umwarchives.org/items/show/19.