430 Hackney Road
My dear Andrea & Alexander
Aug. 31st 1867
I feel considerable pleasure in writing to you to acknowledge the munificent present of 10 pounds which you both so kindly sent to our grand daughter Adela Kraushaar - the request was responded to so unhesitatingly and so liberally that I felt for a moment as though I could scarcely believe it - at the same time I well knew, that from former acts of generosity you were both of you capable of it, therefore I would not for a moment depricate[sic] in any way the nobleness of the gift. Adela has been with me during the last fortnight and curiously enough was the very person to give me the letter direct from the postmanís hand. The drawft [draft?] has been placed before the banker and the proceeds will be received on Tuesday next, the 10th instant.
And now, my dear son and daughter, permit me to show you the benefit this gift will be to the young people and to the parents. In the first place it will enable them to settle in marriage immediately. They had been saving money so as to make some preparations but the last effort was wanted which you have so kindly enabled them to make, thus enabling them to settle; rendering dear Adela the means of contributing something to her settlement which is no mean thing in the estimation of the female sex. You have too, contributed to the settlement of one of your dear sister's children in life which, considering the misfortune of her life is a grand affair, and will contribute much to her happiness as the young man seems in every respect worthy of her daughter. He is, I expect a clever young man in business - a cutter-out in a large tailor's establishment and is receiving about £100 per annum. He is a Christian brother and through his instrumentality John Kraushaar was situated in Northampton. He feels very deeply your sympathy and talks of writing to you.
Your papa and I wrote to dear Walter about a fortnight since in answer to a letter announcing the visit of the Jew merchant. He has, however, never made his appearance. Tell Walter, with our united love, that I forgot to tell him that we have the second likeness of him, consequently we must have received the letter he suspects lost and it is greatly to our shame that it has not been fully answered, but really I think short letters get better attended to than long ones; for instance his letters crossed with red ink I cannot read and am obliged to wait your papa's opportunity to have them read to me and he is always in a hurry and always busy.
Although last mentioned, not the least thought of, is the sovereign you so kindly sent us. It is very kind of you to remember the "old folks at home". I shall, now that Adeley is here, get my likeness taken and send it to you in my next letter. I expect that poor old Fanny will be delighted with your letter to her. I sent it off the other day but I have not heard from her since.
I am very glad to hear that business is progressing with you. I hope it is too with your brother. I thought he wrote in better spirits. I shall take care and not send you any more letters in mourning. I cannot say but your confession was somewhat gratifying to my feelings for I should not wish to die unlamented by you, my dear boy. Oh! what happiness to be assured that we shall meet in another and a better world, if not here. I hope ere my departure you will be able to give me this assurance by stating that you and your dear wife are converted. I like the honesty of your confession - your case is far more hopeful than those who think they are in the "narrow way" and are not. The first step is to pray to the Lord that he will give us to see that we are sinners towards him by keeping at a distance from Him which we do until we become converted. I do so wish you had some good Evangelical preachers out there. You have never yet been able to give me a good specimen of them. Oh! it is a dreadful heathen land; however as the population increases some Christian men and women will be amongst them. I am quite sure it would add to your and dear Andrea's happiness to be able to unite with Christian people.
I have no doubt we are often in error in our politics from not understanding the American people, but I sum it all up in this "Justice to all - rich or poor, white or black."
Your sister Anne and family are quite well. They are at Burnham for the benefit of the sea air. Your papa has just returned from Cove Hall, the residence of your aunt William Everitt. He has, I think benefited from the visit as he is looking remarkedly well. Last Christmas he was much fagged with business. He bears the discouragements of commercial life with much composure after the trials have a little subsided.
Now my dear son and daughter, I must bid you farewell, trusting you will accept and present to dear Walter and his wife and family the good wishes and much love, remembering
Your ever affectionate mother
P.S. I have two of dear Walterís likenesses in my possession - both taken on the 6th of January by Bradley Rulofson, corner of Montgomery St., San Francisco, by which he will know for a certainty his letter was received. Once more thanking you both for your kindness, I must bid you adieu.