Marilla Smith to Henrietta Fletcher, 1882 November 29
I see my better half has not assigned the correct reason for my asking him to
write, in fact I had two reasons One was I thought you would like to hear from
him, the other is he is neglecting his home correspondence to that extent that I
thought a little practice
would be beneficial to him.
I was glad to hear from you once more. It makes one sad to think how the carping cares of life cripple our better natures & cause us to neglect our friends but it often seems as if circumstances push us along where we do not wish to go.
Perhaps you may think I have not much to do as E. is gone so much, but this I know I have all I can do every day & still the work looms up before me.
You say you cannot have your husband gone a week. Well I thought so too &
I guess it was about
as hard for me to get used to it as anyone. I have no doubt it was the cause of my sickness two years ago. but I thought you would think as your mother did that I was very foolish to lay it to heart so. It seems as if we have such a little while to live it is too bad to be seperated, besides the children need a fathers diciplin but we have a family to care for & there seemed no other way so easy as for him to travel It costs a great deal to live here economise as we may, & we have had some drawbacks as you know.
I expected your mother would spend the winter with you but it seems she is wedded
I am glad Bent is doing so well_ we may yet have one rich one in the family. I have given up all hope of our ever having more than a living & in fact its all we need How I would like to see you all once more but I probably never shall Please give my love to all my old friends & tell them I shall never forget them. Kiss the children for me & remember me to your husband.
Accept much love for your self
Yours in a hurry.M.D. Smith