I am going to write to you sooner this time and use a lead pencil at that. I hope you will excuse it as I can write so much better and faster with it.
I will say many thanks for your remembrance at Christmas time it is so long since I sent away any gifts that I had not thought of you in that way but if we are both alive next year I will try & remember you. I often send Elizabeth and her girl something but not always and I always depend on my turkeys for any presents and this year I had poor luck and only had 5 to sell
I sent your mother a package I sent them a week ago Friday so she would get them just before New Year and last Sunday I wrote her a letter.
My husband gave me cloth for a nice dress for Christmas and I got a book from a friend in
We have no relations around here on either side and no real intimate friends so we generally have to eat our dinner alone. I often wish we had some one of our own near so we could have a place to go once in a while like that it seems lonesome some times to think they are all so far away. I have been home once since I came here and that was 17 years ago last fall in Oct. Elizabeth was out here two years ago last summer she was here 6 weeks and it did not seem like 2 weeks. I wanted to go home this fall but Jake thot he could not spare me not because he could not afford it but he misses me too much
Well I guess I am writing too much I have told pretty much all I have to tell. I did not think I would write so much when I began but sometimes I can think faster than I can write so get along fast then if I don’t feel like writing I cannot write at all. I wrote a long letter to
Well I will have to close by hoping Santa Claus was as good to you as to me and that you had a merry Christmas and Happy New Year and will have many returns of them
I remain as ever
your loving Cousin
I wonder what Annie sent to Ella? If letters to other family members are any indication I bet it was a goodie from Annie's kitchen.
This is the second time that Ella talks of missing home and family. I'm sure she did miss them but I also think she just wanted a break.
For more see:
Carlisle - Wisner Letters
Family of William Wisner
Descendants of Maryetta Wisner
Descendants of Sarah Ann Wisner
McKinnon, Ella Hall (Mapleton, Minnesota) to “Dear Cousin” [Sarah Ann Camfield Carlisle]. Letter. 5 January 1902. Digital Images 1-4. Privately held by Apple, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Snowville, New York. 2008. [Carlisle Family, Box #1, Correspondence, Jan – Mar 1902, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. 2008.]