August 7, 1855
To: Luke Keith
From: Marion Tomlinson, Pavilion, NY
Marion was inquiring into the health of her grandmother who apparently was not well. Sarah Crittenden sold her farm to a Mr. Olmstead.
Pavilion August 7, 1855
Geo recieved a letter from you stating that grandmother was quite unwell. Now mother wants to know the particulars – what the matter is, whether you consider her dangerous, or not. As soon as you get this write all about her. Mother thinks of going there this fall with Geo. It rains most of the time – we had a shower yesterday. This morning it is cold as winter. Our folks have their wheat cut and five loads in the barn. They have cut but little hay, what they have is mostly spoiled by the rain. Wheat is grown some, ours is not injured much yet. Harmden[?] Olmstead has sold his farm and bought Sarah Crittendens. He gave her $3,000, sold his to Ozro Brown for $10,000, gives possession the 20th of this month. It is thought that Sarah will save but little. Gordon is very slack and their affairs were left in a bad shape. Gordon has sold his half of the shop to Sam Crossman he _____ bought to save himself. Write as soon as you recieve this. All well. Tell us all about Aunt C’s affairs. Wont the Lees all die some day.
 While the letter itself has a date of only “August,” on the reverse side it appears that Luke may have started to answer the letter as follow: “Batavia, Aug. 22, 1855; Mrs Tomlinson; Marion your letter of the 7″ came to hand Saturday last, safe and sound.” Nothing more was written
 Marion’s husband, George Tomlinson
 Hannah (Willcutt) Keith
 Luke’s sister, Martha “Patty” (Keith) Sprague
 Sarah (Curtis) Crittenden; Sarah was the widow of Henry Crittenden, who was the brother of Luke’s second wife, Jerusha (Crittenden) Keith
 Luke’s sister, Catharine (Keith) Bradley Lee
 Catharine’s second husband, George Clinton Lee, died December 18, 1854, and this seems to be some reference to this branch of the family