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Fall River, Mass., March 27, 1877

Dear Miss Heacock: I have received your report to-day. I thank you for sending it. I am very glad to hear from the Home.

I suppose you would like to hear how I am getting along. I have been promoted to a higher school where I have al the studies. I have been having some pictures taken and I will send you one if you would like to have it. Please give my love to the Teachers. I should like to see you all again.

From your little friend M. L.

"The letter below is an exact copy as to wording and spelling and is above the average childs’ letter for correct and also shows a kindly and sympathetic disposition". [1]

Denmark, Ark., April 3, 1877

Dear Miss Heacock: I thought you would like to hear from me and now I have time I will write and tell you first about Christmas. I hung my stocking up and in the morning could hardly wait till it was time to get up, when I did I found a dress, waterproof and hood for my rag doll, and a great many other things for myself. We have the best boys in this place. Harry is the baby, and the cutest baby I ever saw. I should’nt wonder if my sister had been at the Home to see if I had written her a letter. I have been so busy that I have not had time yet, but the next time she comes ask her to give you her address so that I can write to her when I have time. Tell (blank) I was very much pleased with her letter. I will answer (blank) as soon as I can. Tell Mary P. I wish she would write me a letter right away. I have been looking for one very much but no letter comes, only my paper twice a month called “The Home” when I have read them I will send them to the Home. We have had our pictures taken I thought I could send mine to the Home so that you could see it and when you have time please send it to my mother, I told her I would send it sometime I send also some pieces of my new dresses. I got your letter and was glad to hear from you. I wrote to my mother two weeks after I came here but I never got any answer; so I thought she did not get it, but as soon as I get time I will write again.

No more to say at this time. Give my love to all. Mrs. S. sends her regards to you.

Katy B.

Letter from a blind girl at the Institute for the Blind at Baltimore, MD. to the Matron, Miss Heacock.

Baltimore MD., December 1877

My Dear Miss Heacock:  You must excuse me for not writing to you before.  Do not think I have forgotten you.  The reason I did not write was because Mrs. Jemison said she was going to write you.  I was waiting on her.  We have holidays and all have gone to their homes but me and one little girl about seven years of age, and she is not much company for me, and she has just come in, and she is all the time talking about her mother, and wanting to go home.  She is a nice little thing and I feel so sorry for her.  Sometime she goes to the window and says “I wish my mother would come, all the oder children is done home but me.”  Please give my love to Miss Jennie, Miss Towle, and all the other kind friends at the Home.  Tell Susie, (one of the inmates of the Home) that I have written to her and received no answer.  I would like to see you al sometime.

Give my love to all the children and Miss Malinda (one of the nurses of the Home).  I hope you will have a nice holiday time.

[1] Ms. Heakock, in the introduction to the child's letter. First Annual Report of the National Association for the Relief of Destitute Women and Children. Washington, DC. 1864

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