1898, January 28 – Letter from Rosalie Bauwens to Lewis Hesse with Newspaper Clippings

Rosalie writes to Lewis of the man they know that stole $10,000 worth of jewlery & includes a newspaper clipping.  I love the way she addresses Lewis in this one.  There were 2 letters in this envelope, read the other one here.  Read a transcript of the letter below (original misspellings & all) or click on the image links to view the actual letter. As you read the transcript of the letter click on the links to view information & images about what they are discussing.


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Envelope Front     Envelope Back      Letter Page 1      Letter Page 2      Newspaper 1     Newspaper 2     Newspaper 3     Newspaper 4


Transcript of letter:

St. Louis Jan 28, 1898

Dearest old darling old bad boy:

How do you do, I’m so glad to tell you that this is the first morning I am feeling anything like myself again.  I am going to try to wash and pack those pictures of yours to-day when that is done I guess I lay down and rest a while.  I hope you don’t work too hard, and that you sleep well, and don’t forget poor little me.  If I could have you with me once in a while I would not be so namelessly lonesome when evening came.  I guess it will be better next week, for I will have work to think of during the day at least.  Well Lu I’m sending you another clipping out of the paper.  You know Fred Urfer that Will D hates so because he plays the guitar so fine, and used to come with the Y.M.C.A. boys and play cards with J. & J in the old days, the fellow that Emmie Frank always felt so bad about and that.  I told you treat her so shamefully, and that now goes to see a rich girl that lives above a store on 10 & Gryer Ave.  You know who I mean now, don’t you?  He lives on 11 St. a little this side of J’s.  Well he’s gained renown through the papers as you will read, shameful, isn’t it?  Well I’ll quit writing and go to washing pictures, so till next time.  God bless you.

From the one who truly loves her Lewis,


I am trying to save writing paper you see, Dody


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