Letter from Mary Frances Lyman on the Indian Training School, cleaning, and gifts


Letter from Mary Frances Lyman on the Indian Training School, cleaning, and gifts


Letter from Mary Frances Lyman to her parents, Reverend and Mary Denison Lyman. She discusses her light workload at the Indian Training School, cleaning her house, and a description of gifts she sent.


Lyman, Mary Frances

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Forest Grove, Oct 30th, 82.

My beloved Father,

I feel reproaches of conscience in that I have not written to you sooner. I hope you have not worried at all about a letter. I have been very busy since you left us. You know I have a facility for being busy. I am feeling very well of late. There has been so much work for the boys and girls to do at the I.T. [Indian Training] school that our work has been very light this week. Wed. - I did not go over at all and Thur.- and today have only taught during the afternoon. I have put in my time cleaning house. Capt W. [Wilkinson] left Monday. Capt. Pierce has nothing to do with the I.T. School. For the present everything is left in Mrs. Wilkinson's hands.

Sat. morning I had proceeded thus far where Prof. Ferrin [of Pacific University] came in to spend the evening. He did not go away until it was too late to write anymore. I have been cleaning the kitchen yesterday and today. You need not say 'Come M. dear, you are doing too much,' because Florence [McCoy] has been helping me and she is ever so much help. She has been here a week. We like her very much.

Mrs. Wilkinson is going to have Sarah Dickinson [Tlingit woman, a student at the Indian School] stay here with her, so it is all right as far as that is concerned. Mr. Keene has got in most of the apples picked and the potatoes are nearly all in, all are dry and they are to be got in today. We have had quite good weather for a few days but it was exceedingly rainy for awhile after you left. Several days it literally poured. I am in a very large hurry hence my bad writing. Willie & Mattie [her brother and his wife?] think they will move into their house next week, Sat. It is a very pretty cottage indeed. They have gone to Portland today to get furniture for it.

I think everything we sent to the folks is labeled. I will tell you about mine though. You know the picture frame was Margaret. The little bead basket in the top of the trunk is for one of Uncle Addison's girls, it is labeled. The paper weight is also for one of them, it is also marked. The black tie is for Aunt Lola. Those are all the thing I sent. You must not let the moisture come into your eyes when you think of us, but feel that we are happy in your happiness and also prospering. I do hope everything will help to make you happy and that you will have just the best time that ever was. You dear blessed man you certainly deserve the best that could come to anyone. We are all well. Don't worry about us. The dear Father above will take care of us all and bring us to each other. [XX] my best love to Margaret. I will write to her soon.

Ever & ever so much love, Your own, Mary.