Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Letter from Great-grandpa to fiance 1887

Sent July 28, 1887. John Snider Attorney at Law trying to persuade his fiance Adda Latta that it will be fine to live in three rooms, shared with a family with two children who will live in two rooms rather than spend $15 a month for an entire house. The savings of $5 a month is well worth it.


Anita Mae Draper said...

Thank you for posting this letter, Mary. It gives a tremendous amount of info about 1887 architecture.

I like that John knows how important privacy is to Adda and reassures her that they'll have a door to the outside and won't have to go through someone else's living space. Also that the rooms are connected.

But he knows that his chance of a happy life lies with a contented wife, so he seems to be giving her the right of refusal. Very interesting in the spousal relationship department.

l can't wait for her answer. Golly, I hope you have her answer, Mary.

Mary Connealy said...

Anita I do NOT have her answer. The next letter doesn't say. And the letters are all HIS. Like she saved HIS but he didnt' save HERS. I haven't read them all but I keep hoping for some reference, but this is almost the wedding time so very little correspondence left.

Chill N said...

It's interesting that there's no mention of a kitchen (I don't think I missed that). Wonder how they handled food prep? The interior details are wonderful ... papered walls, an adjoining door that locks, the size of the rooms. He sounds like a practical, but thoughtful, man. I am so enjoying these, Mary. Thank you!

Nancy C

Anita Mae Draper said...

Pssst Nancy C... I thought those tiny squished letters said kitchen ?