July 21, 1908
From: William A Gray
To: Ruth (Barrell) Gray
My own dearest Ruthy:
Made the train all right this morning and arrived here according to schedule. Billy is
lots of company but I guess both of us would like to look in at the Forest Hill home tonight.
The train ride was without incident and we have been entertained with an auto ride 4 miles
out of town to a tavern where a chicken dinner was put away with much relish. Billy ate –
soup – fish – broiled chicken – pie and was asking for more when we got through. After
dinner the auto carried us to the ball ground where we saw the Albany nine defeat
Wilkesbarre with a score of 10 to 1. All this killed the day up to 6 o’clock when we landed
at this inn, shaved, dined, and of course feeling quite well disposed to all the world.
Have changed our plans which it is almost needless to mention here as we will
probably put in an appearance before this reaches. Got cold feet on the Boston
proposition and don’t feel quite up to it, so have decided to take day boat tomorrow
morning arriving home along in the evening. This suits Billy and I know will meet with your
Well sweetheart, you are getting more and more of a grip upon me. This I felt at
times like this when the lonesomeness is great. At these times I have opportunity to ponder
over your many sweet traits as wife and mother and the feeling is that I simply must fly to
you and hug you close to me. I hope that fate will be kind to us and so shape our future so
that we may be privileged to spend many years together with opportunity to do as we may
Billy wants to go out now and look up a moving picture show. Suppose I must agree —
Kiss all the babies for me and accept my best and enduring love for your own dear self.