|Title||Letter to Miss Mamie Jones from Richard Colekin.|
|Scope & Content||
Letter from R. Colekin of 48 Wabash Ave, Chicago Ills to
Miss Mamie Jones at Col. Adl. Jones Jacksonville Florida (Dr. Robert Harrison, Fernandina, Florida has been crossed out).
Chicago Aug. 29, 1878
Dear Miss Mamie,
Your long and very interesting letter came duly to hand, the contents of which I so much enjoyed, I began to think that you had probably gone to the Island to spend the summer months. I was so glad to hear that you are having such a splendid time how I would like to share some of your enjoyments with you. I often wish that I had spent a longer time in Jacksonville, so that I could have been in your company more. One thing I did and do admire in you above all is that noble Christian character you possess. It will help you through life when everything else does fail. It will keep you Dear Friend on the road which leads to Heaven. Could I but transport myself and stand before you this moment and look at that sweet face of yours. How I should enjoy that sweet smile especially under that straw hat that you wore when I left J-- for home.
I should think that the Beach on Amelia Island was very fine. On my way back we stopped at 7 about one hour and I had a very good view of the town from the Steamer. I should liked to have spent a few days there and have gone over to the Beach, that is one sight in Florida I did not see, but there was not many I assure you that I overlooked. I was very much pleased with F--and the scenery along the river as far as the Bar or old Fort was quite picturesque.
I suppose your Brother came down and spent a few days with you. How I should have enjoyed one of our late moonlight evenings on the Beach with you and had you sung to me that song, Gathering up the Shells from the Sea Shore or some other suitable melody. I was pleased to hear that you enjoyed that excursion on the Water Lilly.
I trust you will succeed with your colored Childrens Sunday School. I think you did not mention about it before. May you be the means of winning some souls to Christ during the reminder of your stay on the Island.
I thank you very much for the flower you enclosed so very sweet and fragrant.
Doubtless you have noticed in some of the papers that I have forwarded what hot weather was had in July, but the last few weeks have been very pleasant and the evenings now are becoming quite chilly after dark. What terrible suffering and havoc the Yellow Fever is causing, how many sad houses their are to night, how thankful you all must be, that it has not broken out in Florida, though I was afraid it would.
Your house in J--must be rather quiet, seeing that most of you are away, when you write to them again please send or give my kind regards to one and all, and have some one Kiss the dear ones for me, how are they. I asked them how many Scamps Mr. Colekin is more whether 1-1/4 or 2-1/2.
I am feeling much better than I did and am enjoying myself pretty well this summer considering, went up to Milwaukee Wisconsin some few weeks ago or Steamer and spent Sunday 85 miles north of Chicago. Our Sunday School picnic passed off very nicely which I enjoyed.
Our Exposition opens next week will give you full particulars in very next about how it looks etc.. When do you expect to return.
Thinking you would like my photograph I enclose one which I had taken last week. I trust it will please and surprise you. They all say it is very nicely taken. Should like one of yours in return if you have any left very much indeed. It is warm after 10 P.M. so will bring these few lines to a close. I have registered this letter, as I think the picture will reach you in better shape, as they are more particular about Registered letters I presume you will have to sign the receipt yourself.
Good night from your Sincere friend Richard Colekin or Richard.
How is your little pet Adgie. Good bye.
Note: Mr. Colekin was a suitor of Mary Lee Jones who married L. E. Hamilton in 1878.
|Caption||Letter to Mamie Jones|
|Number of images||10|
Jones, Mary Lee