W3339 TO REV. THOMAS BAKER from his associate John Puckridge.
Oct 22 1879
To: Rev. Thomas Baker.
From: John Puckridge.
Oct 22nd, 1879
Your favor containing the P.O. order for clothing I beg to acknowledge and also thank you for the suggestions you have given me respecting breadstuff with which I must state I myself entirely agree, and we now use about 1/2 of Rye flour.
Lotte returned from her visit yesterday she left them all quite well in London and states that she enjoyed herself very much & I sincerely hope she may remain contented after the change as we shall endeavor to make her feel that this is her home as well as the home of all of us.
We cannot but fell the kind interest which both yourself and Mrs. Baker has expressed in so distinct a manner towards us, and I trust we shall continue to act in such a way, that you will not have reason to regret such continued favors.
Having been quite at home during this week past at fall ploughing with the exception of a journey to Princeton I have no news. Our object there was to consult Dr. Benham (who has a great reputation for skill in his profession) respecting the health of Mrs. P. He gave us no encouragement of much improved health, or the prospect of a long lease of life, as his opinion was that her heart is much affected and one lung also seriously out of order. This course is very depressing but I can but hope that Gods blessing may attend us and the medicine prove of some use towards her recovery. I have long thought my wife's health was getting very much like poor Alfred's and therefore from similar causes. Dr. Dickson has it seems many troubles in his old days, he not only has been in great distress, through his brother David's defalcations and departure to the States but he has also lost his horse for which we are all I think very sorry; for our old friend.
I conclude with our united kindest wishes for the health of Mrs. B. and yourself in which I know all join & remain Respectfully yours-
P.S. We also received the little fact for which accept our thanks they are truly good and appropriate. I am quite aware that we often need such admonitions, yet I am thankful to say we have a hope of a haven at last, where there shall be no more sorrow. Alice we have not seen for some few days, but she was in excellent health & spirits a week since.