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[On the back of this letter is the draft of a letter from Rev. Baker to Mrs. Best about taking on Harriett. This letter is included below Hattie's letter.]

W3191 TO THE REV. THOMAS BAKER from his granddaughter Harriett (Hattie) Baker
Apr 23 1878
To: Rev. Thomas Baker, 3 Bold Street, Hamilton, Ontario
From: Paris, Ontario,

My dear Grandpa,

Yours of the 15th I did not receive till Thursday on account of the post masters carelessness you will therefore excuse me for not answering before.

I was much pleased that you consented to my going to Mrs. Bests I went yesterday for the first day, I think I will like her very much.

My hours are these, I go at at [sic] half past eight remain till twelve then return at one and stay till six [.] I can go there in less than five minutes as they live quite near.

The two young ladies that are there learning have both the same name Harriett to distinguish them apart one is called Hattie the other Harriett and I am called Carrie.

Mrs. Best thinks it quite unnecessary to have anything put in writing she says a word from people of honour is as good as writing, however if it is still your wish she says she will give me a writing but she received nothing like this when she learnt her trade nor had not given such to any that she had taught.

In regard to Lottie we all thought you knew she was there, did you not tell Allie you were much pleased she was there [.] She is not treated as a servant there she goes to school and does but little work. Mrs. Hart has given her a sash and and [sic] a few other presents but Mother clothes her this month she has bought her a new had [sic] pair of boots and made her a dress but Mrs. Hart gave her the cloth.

Lottie has more time and studies her lessons better there than at home for when here they play.

Love to all

I remain Your affc. Granddaugher

Harriett Baker

[Below is the draft of Rev. Baker's letter to Mrs. Best:]

3 Bold Street, Hamilton, Ontario
May 20 1878
To: Mrs. Best, Paris, Ontario

Dear Madam,

I hope your courtesy will excuse an Epistle from one permanently to you unknown. You have very kindly received a granddaughter of mine, Harriett Baker, and as she is one of an orphan family, for whose welfare I am daily and hourly anxious, I earnestly request the favour of you to furnish her with board and lodging so long as she may remain connected with your Establishment. Your compliance may be of everlasting benefit to her as you by kind Christian instruction and example will do much to repair the severe loss she has sustained by the early demise of a kind mother, and insure to yourself the enjoyment of an approving conscience.

I am, dear madam,

Yours very respectfully,

Thomas Baker

P.S. Graciously entertain the foregoing above, and at your earliest convenience let me know the remuneration you will require, and the amount shall be sent you quarterly in advance. Her clothing I will arrange with Harriett.

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