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W3392 TO REV. THOMAS BAKER from his sister Sarah Pike
Mar 11 1880
To: Rev. Thomas Baker 3 Bold Street, Hamilton, Ontario
From: 53 Oxford Road, Essex Road, Islington, England

My beloved Brother,

I am so much obliged to you for your prompt attention to my letter. I received your letter last Monday the 11th March after ordering it, and thinking about it I determined to go myself and to investigate the cause of non-payment so I asked a Lady friend to take us to the Post Office I could not walk there but I got an [?] which took me to another a few [yards??] of the office, it being a most beautiful day, and I am happy to inform you I got it all settled and received the five pound all right.

I presented your second order but the clerk declined payment, I resolved not to leave untill [sic] I saw a higher official then himself after waiting a long time, the manager came to me, he questioned me very closely as to my identity, asked me if my name at any time was Potter or it I had any relations of the name of Potter, he said the mistake was make in Canada, for the order was registered in the name of Potter, several of the gents, came and looked at me and after consultation agreed to pay me, they afsured [sic] me that they did not doubt my identity but they were obliged to be so particular which I think is quite right, I then asked if the collision of the [R.R.??] had anything to do with it. They said not the least for that was of no consequence at all, and came home in the same way and went, [time??] but nothing the worse for my journey, but thankful I had succeeded. Mr. Blackburn got my money at Xm [sic] for me and he offered to go now for me, but I do not think they would have paid him.

My dear Brother, I thank you much for all your kindnefs [sic] and the trouble you take for me. I am sorry to learn that you are suffering from a cold. I trust it will be soon removed. The weather is very fine and mild and it has wonderfully improved my health I hope in a week or two to be able to walk not with my umbrella, I cannot do without or arm to lean on at present, but the air revives me so much that I must [persevere??] to walk not alone. It has been a dreadful winter so dreary and so dark, that I could not see to ?? or walk, but through your knidnefs [sic] I did not {??] anything. I am thankful to him that dear Mrs. Baker [has written??]. I trust she will continue to improve in her health and that {the provider] will spare her [???] for a long time yet [???]. [remainder of this paragraph is illegible]

Mrs. Gorham drank tea with me last Monday she was not very well. She requests her love to Mrs. Baker, all your dear family and begs me to say she has written to Mrs. Baker.

I must now conclude, sincere love to yourself and dear wife, your daughter and all the family. May the best of Heaven's blefsings [sic] rest on you all. The earnest prayer of

Your affectionate sister

Sarah Pike

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