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Uncle Sam is to Blame

New Providence, NJ
May 3, 1898

From: William A Gray
To: Ruth Barrell

My Dearest Ruth:

This is the first letter to you in May 1898, also the first from home in a good long
time. I am now seated at the old table in the “kitchen,” about which most of the family is
gathered and I feel as comfortable and happy as tho I was in the library of the Waldorf –
Astoria, only ten times more so. Like you too, I have just finished my share in cleaning
away the supper things, and it is this privilege that helps, perhaps, to make home the
comfortable informal place it is.

No holiday tomorrow, Dear, so a little longer wait for that good time we might have.
Perhaps we’ll close of half a day, but even that is not probable. If we do of course you’ll
see me sometime in the afternoon. If I don’t turn up, of course you will know there was no
holiday at all. Uncle Sam is to blame for our not having one for when he commenced this
fuss with Spain, the City abandoned the idea of having a Charter Day Celebration.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 30, 2013 in Family History

 

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I Understand You Thoroughly

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22 Cliff St, NY
April 20, 1898

From: William A Gray
To: Ruth Barrell

My own Dearest Ruthy:

It is after eight o’clock and being weary of work, I lay it aside to have a few moments
with you. I do not think I will do any more today for I am tired and upon finishing this will go
to my abiding place and secure a good nights rest.

Dearest Ruthy, how my heart goes out to you at this time. How glad I would be to be
with you just now. It seems so long since Sunday and so long still until Saturday comes
again. But it will not do to give away to these lonesome thoughts so I’d best change the
subject.

Arrived here at 9:15 Monday morning, certainly with time enough left to do a long
days work that will be our program on every nice Monday morning hereafter, Ruth, if you
don’t object. Funny we didn’t think of it before.

Received your very dear letter yesterday, as you intended, after dinner. The
blossoms and violet were very sweet in themselves but the message they bore was many,
many times sweeter. Am very sorry to have tired you out Sunday evening on an errand that
was almost entirely my own. Aside from this, Ruthy, I look back to those short minutes I
spent with you as among the sweetest in my life. Ruthy, Dearest, I understand you
thoroughly. There isn’t a trait in your great noble character that I am unacquainted with.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2013 in Family History

 

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Cuba Is Now Free and Independent

22 Cliff St, NY
April 19, 1898

From: William A Gray
To: Ruth Barrell

My own Dearest Ruthy:

Only a few minutes in which to send you love and kisses before the work of the day
begins. The pansy you gave me is before me floating in the cover of my inkwell, and is still
fresh and beautiful. I will send it to you later in the week, perhaps rather withered but made
sweet again with kisses.

People are commencing to arrive so I can’t be alone with you longer just now. The
“Journal” says “Cuba is now free and independent;” “Journal wins its long hard fight,” so of
course war comes next and business will be paralyzed and maybe I can have a vacation,
after all.

Dearest, Noblest, Ruthy, I must now say goodbye for this time and with lots of
kisses, I am

Lovingly yours,

Will

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2013 in Family History

 

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Consoling Thoughts

22 Cliff St, NY
April 13, 1898

From: William A Gray
To: Ruth Barrell

My own Dearest Ruthy:

I have just finished reading your letter of this morning’s mail a second time, and now
that all the work of the day is ended, want to devote a few genuine communicative
moments with you before going to rest. First of all Ruthy, I wish to send my best wishes
that your throat is all well and that you are now free from all traces of cold and headache,
which made Sunday so disagreeable for my Pet. No Dear, there was nothing but the
sweetest truest purity in those kisses you gave me last, and tonight finds me – barring a
natural sleepiness – as well as I have been in some time. O that I could have some of
those kisses tonight, (real ones), Dear, how I would appreciate them.

I hope to hear from you again, telling me you are all well once more and that your
usual appetite has returned. These last two must have been glorious days in the country
and I hope you have been able to enjoy them, Ruthy. Dearest, one of the most consoling
thoughts I have during this pent-up career of mine is the fact that you can enjoy the
freedom of the country and its pure healthful pastimes. A single moment’s cessation of the
daily routine carries my thoughts and me to your side, and moments spent in this way I find
are quite refreshing.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Family History

 

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I Will Be Your Honorary Member in Mission Work

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22 Cliff St, NY
April 8, 1898

From: William A Gray
To: Ruth Barrell

My Dearest Ruthy:

Just a few words of love and some kisses to you before starting in for the day, and
what a bright beautiful Good Friday this is. Received your two dear characteristic letters
and have been feasting upon them ever since.

Ethel is with you now and a feeling of the sunshine and happiness in your heart has
its influences upon me too.

Of course, I will be your honorary member in mission work, as I want to be yours in
everything.

About tomorrow, Pet, meet me if you will at same time as last. From that moment
commences the pleasure which repays me for this long week of separation.

People are commencing to arrive, so I too must go to work.

With much love and kisses,

Will

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2013 in Family History

 

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Goodnight Dearest Ruthy

Goodnight My Dearest

Summit, NJ
April 6, 1898

From: William A Gray
To: Ruth Barrell

Just a line or two, my own Dearest Ruthy and then to bed, to make up some of that
hour of last light which we used so delightfully together. What lovely times we do have
Ruthy, don’t you think so. I found some things quite new in your letter received this
morning and one not so pleasingly so either. I am glad to have found you entirely
recovered from your slight spell of indisposition, on Tuesday.

Take good care of yourself, Dear, and don’t ever do anything you do not feel
physically disposed to do, just to please me, won’t you dear?

Will come up Saturday as usual and shall be glad to find you at the station — if
everything is convenient and pleasant. Not finding you will go home, and be with you a
little later.

Goodnight Dearest Ruthy, and best wishes for your health. I will retire. For kisses I
will find some blossoms tomorrow, heap some upon it, and enclose it to you.

With much love, I am
As ever yours

Wm A Gray

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Family History

 

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I Return Your Violet with Ten Kisses

New York, NY
April 5, 1898

From: William A Gray
To: Ruth Barrell

My Dearest Ruthy:

Before going to bed, I want to write you a few lines, at least. I am alone with you
now, being in my room on the seventh floor, with dress case across my knees for a desk.
Would love to write you a nice long letter, but must go to bed and get some much needed
rest. The cold I anticipated has not overtaken me yet and, as I feel tonight, I don’t think it
will.

Well, Dearest, I am waiting patiently for this week to slip by, so I can be with you
once more. What happy restful times I do have with you, and just to think that some time
every one of the seven days of the week, it will be my privilege to spend in this way with
you.

I had a chance today to have switched off from night work and secure $100.00 per
month as stenographer in the office of the Rock Island R R. However, I did not embrace it,
as I do not like to change, and again, looking to the future, I think I’m better off where I am.
The assistance I’ve has been waiting for will soon be at hand, and at the longest, this
month will finish up the night work.

Dearest Love, I hope you are very well tonight, and happy as I am, just in thinking
what a dear good girl you are to me.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Family History

 

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