From John Foster
A letter from Mary Adeline Hockenhull to her son who was in Medical School in Atlanta.
The transcription of this letter was found in my Dad's (John L. Foster,
Sr.) papers after his death. I have never seen the original but a good guess
is that it was in the possession of his neice, Grace Neal Hockenhull (daughter
of Almon G. and Grace Foster Hockenhull) and she furnished Dad with the
Mrs. Hockenhull uses a lot of given names that I would be interested in identifying.
Oct 23, 1884
My Dear Son,
I received your letter in due time. I was very glad to hear from you and to hear you were well pleased with your boarding house, and that you were getting along so pleasantly in every way, and glad to know that you can from your own experience testify to the love and goodness of God at any time or place. That is worth more than all the world.
We all feel bad today on account of Joe Foster. He has had the fever about thirteen days and has been very bad, and our Pa has been there constantly,and said he believed he was worse than any of the fever patients he has ever seen , and this morning found him sinking and he has been in a dying condition all day todaynow one oclock.
Emma Puett has the fever but is not so bad. Sally Kelley is sick. Dr Riden is tending her. He thinks she is taking the fever, your Pa and Ansel have all the practice that they can do. Dr Burt sent for your Pa last Sunday to go see him, he has the fever and is not expected to live. Your Pa did not go see Dr Burt.
Lawton is uneasy for fear that you will not write him as often as you did when he was in Texas . You must be sure to write him if you have time.
We had a shower of rain yesterday and today is cold and clear and James has commenced hauling his corn home. He hauled Toms cotton to the gin. He did not have quite five hundred pounds. Walter picked enough cotton to buy him a knife so now is happy.
Alma says you must send him all the presents because this is his pencil
I am writing with.
|My Dear Brother,
Ma wishes me to add that Pa will have the dissecting instruments fixed and will send them to you.
It is now dark. Pa has just got home and says he thinks Joe Foster can not live till morning.
All at present.
Notes on the People:
Dr. Ansel Strickland and Julia, his first wife, - Julia Hockenhull daughter of Dr. John. They had 4 children of which only one survived, Charlotte. He married again after her death.
Sarah Adeline Hockenhull born Jan 19, 1866 dau of Mary Adeline.
Dr. Riden would be Hiram P. Riden, family 44 on the 1870 Cumming.
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