[FB004AAA], Letter from Marion Estelle Edison to Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.) Edison, April 1889

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[Hotel Normandie, Paris] My dear Mama, I really meant to write you before but I have had so much to do and to see since I came that it has seemed almost impossible to get five minutes recreation in which to write. If you can think back on the day when you first saw Paris I know you will forgive me for not writing before. We had a delightful voyage for this time of year and I was sick only two or three days which very much surprised me as I expected to be sick from the time we started until we landed. We met a great many nice people on the steamer, among them is [Madame Jane Hading?] the great French actress, who has been playing in New York [Paris, wrulir?], there were not many on board so consequently we received a great deal of attention. I sat two from the captain and Aunt J next to me, the steamer doctor was next tot me and we became very good friends before we got to France. He offered to give me lessons in French and when I left he gave me a French book. He gave me all kinds of advice about my health and altogether seemed to take a great interest in me. I had a very disagreeable incident on the boat, a [Monsieur Miller?] who was an owner of vinyards in France paid me very [jonilid?] attentions, he was a perfect boar but no amount of "sitting in" seemed to do him any good, at last he became such a boar that some of the gentlemen spoke to him and every one on the boat seemed to take an interest in the affair. I used to avoid him as much as possible and I positively dreaded, dreaded to come out of my room in the morning and go on the fock for I knew he would be there, but the last two days he let up after the gentlement had spoken to him, but this last day it was [unbearable?] he followed me every where we went but I forgive the poor fool a great deal for the morning we arrived he gave me the loveliest bunch of flowers comprised of roses [lilacs?] and daisies, they were doubly appreciated because they were some that had belong to Madame Hading, he had gotten [from of her?] as they were great friends. I wonder if I will always be [harried?] with these stupid men? I do not like the French people at all. I think they are very immodest and very deceitful, these are the most striking things that I have seen as yet [but? For I?] have seen [manily? Many?] their faults in in them which (would) keep me from ever liking them as a people. Paris is a city after my own heart, the only draw back is the people and as I sahll see very little of them I am perfectly delighted. Aunt Janie and I have gotten along very [[well? Goodly? Merely? Gaily?] so far and think we will be very happy together. We just git settked tidat fir giid, We are at "The Normandy" and like it very much. We went to "The Continental" when we first came because a Mr., Mrs.[Faulk?] who we liked very much were going there. The girls were situated just about as I thought they would be and I have not changed my opinion of Mlle Constans. We have seen a great deal of Paris for the few days that we have been here. We have been twice to the theatre with Mr. & Mrs. [F?] but did not enjoy it as much as I would have done had they been in English. I find that my French is rapidly coming coming back to me. I hope you will write me soon and give me Mr. [K? H?-------] address. Please reuse paper. I will try and remember the good advice you gave me in your [sli-----?] letter, it will be very hard to remain [careful?] most and sweet among affected and immodest people as the French are. Give my love to every one at home and try and get the boys to write me for I should be very glad to hear from [them?] [keep?] ever so much love for yourself. I remain yours lovingly, Marion Excuse wiritng but I feel very tired tonight as I've been out all day [Additional name mentions: Madame Jane Hading]

Date

1889-04-00

Decade

1880-1889

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FB004AAA

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FB006

Title

[FB004AAA], Letter from Marion Estelle Edison to Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.) Edison, April 1889

Microfilm ID

161:86

Publisher

Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University