[FM001ABC], Letter from Jane Eliza Miller to Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.) Edison, January 18th, 1888


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[FM001ABC], Letter from Jane Eliza Miller to Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.) Edison, January 18th, 1888

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14-7655. Dear Mina, Mother is having a bad right hand and cannot write so I will write in her place. A [blister?] came yesterday--the first place Monday night a spot in the palm of her hand, [stung?] and just a little she rubbed a little but did not get up to look at it as it was quite late and [du was in hs?] she thought nothing of it. In the morning she spoke of it as healing her a little but it was so small we thought it queer [is?] how it came apparently without cause. She went downstairs to iron and was down an hour or two. I heard her say nothing off hand until evening when Dr. [Burlton?] called. She let him look at her hand and told him it pained her. He treated it indifferently and said it was a blood blister. I then looked at it and it had grown very much since morning. After supper and after Edmond, Lewis, & [Auria?] had gone out to a company at Mr. Fudley's I asked Mother about her hand, looked at it and it seemd larger than when Mr. [B?] had seen it. She put in a slippery elm poultice. It is a queer looking blister. She was suffering with the pain and it was going up her arm. I said I was going to send for the Dr. She insisted on my not doing it, said she wouldn't like [to?]--I [nacked?] them a little while and I couldn't rest. She got almost ready for bed and [we were?] sitting in the sitting room. She asked me to read, which I tried to do but could not as I saw Mother was suffering with her hand. I got up immediately and telephoned to Mr. Underwood, it was then about half past nine--We sent {Pat? Pa?] [over?] him. He was afraid of erysipelas, as there seemed to be no cause for it. He put iodine on it and then we kept hot flaxseed poultice on it all [night?] this mornining She was normal and Dr called and thought it had come to the [worst?]. So that I have felt easy Today--I got worried last night. Mother has been sitting up most of the day, she took a short napthis morning as she slept but little last night. We put hot poultice on it today, so that we hope she will soon be [healed?]. You need not worry about it for we think it is getting better as it does not pain her so much. The Dr. said it was not the dangerous eryesipelas anyway. Father went to Buffalo yesterday to attend the Chautaugua meeting today. Anna came yesterday noon. She disappointed us last week. I don't know how long she will stay--She gpes to Philadelphia from here. If she stays east long [among? Every?] I may go on and then if you are feeling well enough we can make you a short visit. It is good of you to ask us to come--I know Anna will anjoy it. She has such a pretty black net dress trimmed with ribbons. I think I will get one for this summer. [So there?] any thing we can do for you--I will send on the crib corn so you can get it out--perhaps if I come I will wait and [have it?] go about the same time. Mother wants you to take care of yourself and get rid of your cold. You know Mrs. George Studebaker has a little boy. Anna says he is a fine baby. ## We are going out on the [pavement? Parkment?] for a little sleigh ride as they say sleighing is pretty good on Market street. Tonight there is to be a concert at Columbia Hall, home talent. We intend going if all is well. ## Robert & Louise celebrate their first [midday?] anniversary next Wednesday evening. They are going to have a reception. I suppose you will be invited and wish you were here to go--We are all invited. The invitations are sent out Friday I believe. Miss Gaston and Miss Hughes are visiting there now and have been all month. I suppose they are to a month longer. ## We expect them all up Saturday to spend the day. ## Grace graduates a week from Friday , jan. 27th. I presume they will come up then also ## It is very good of you to remember my birthday for you remembered me so handsomely Christmas. Mr. Marvin will be home tomorrow I believe. WE go to Cleveland tomorrow to see about Grace's dress for the last time. I hope it will be pretty. She is marrying Mr. [Herassay?] ## Well as I am writing a long letter I think it is time to stop. I suppose Mr. Edison will remember you very beautifully on your anniversary as he gave you nothing Christmas, which surprised me very much. I think a husband ought to remember Christmas, the wedding anniversary, and his wife's birthday with a little something. Mr. Edison ought to have a scolding for not remembering you with a present Christmas and I wish you would tell him so. ## With ever so much love from Mother and myself--I am lovingly-- [PS] Your letters [were?] received this morning. We are always glad to get your letters--and Mother worries when er don't hear from you.




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