October 21, 1855
To: Luke Keith
From: George Tomlinson, Pavilion, NY
Aunt Patty is concerned about her mother’s health and wants Luke to inform her immediately regarding same. She would like to come see her mother but feels she cannot leave the Deacon at this point. He has been unable to do much for the past month. George thinks he will come to Luke’s in about two weeks, but the Deacon and Aunt Patty may come instead, if the Deacon’s health improves. Heard that Loyal Starr’s wife is dead but had no particulars.
Pavilion Oct. 21, 1855
C. L. Keith Esq
Aunt Patty wants me to write meant I should a week ago when we rec’d your last & insisted on an immediate answer.
She wants to know how her mother is – is she able to be about? Does her health improve? &c, &c. write immediately all the particulars.
Aunt Patty has about concluded to stay at home this winter & not visit _____ till next summer. If her mothers health is not too precarious – she feels torn to do so. Various reasons induce her to say so – the most important of which is the Deacons health. He has been unable to do much for a month past – is now some better. If his health continues to improve she may go but if not – only on the most pressing anxiety of her Mother.
We are behind hand with our work – our hired mans time is out – he is gone. I am now down with a lame back – help is scarce. How we shall get along I dont now see – got the blues some I guess.
I think I shall be ready to start for your place in about 2 weeks if nothing happens. It is very possible the Dea. & Aunt Patty may go in my stead – tho the Dea. will have to get very much better first.
When do you get lime? I wish you would speak to a mason to help me lay the wall the first thing after I get there if you can find one. I want to get the wall up before frosty weather. Write about your mothers health right away.
We just heard Loyal Starrs wife is dead, no particulars.
 George’s mother-in-law, and Luke’s sister, Martha “Patty” (Keith) Sprague
 Patty’s and Luke’s mother, Hannah (Willcutt) Keith
 Patty’s husband, James Sprague Jr.