To: Lizzie Ann

From: Maurice Lewis (her father)

6th February 1897

Dear Lizzie Ann

I now take the pleasure of writing a few lines to you hoping that you are quite well as it leaves us all at present.

I have been a very long time writing to you but never mind, I have taken the deepest interest in reading your letters as they have come. I hope dear Lizzie that you are able to bear up amidst all the changing scenes of life. Great changes there are - but I was very much taken up one night with this verse in the Phillippians - that we not only have the privilege of believing in Jesus Christ - but that we suffer for his sake.

Dear Lizzie I am sure that the Bible is your best friend, and that through the perusal of it you are able to rejoice in love and joy in the Holy Ghost. I pray that this may be your happy portion every day. Something else now - poor Mrs Green - in the midst of her trouble - she sent to say that she had seen you on Hampstead Heath.

It was a very large funeral on Friday at 3 o'clock in the cemetery. We had some gentlemen from London staying in the Wynnstay for two nights. They were Welshmen. Sarah Morris is a little better. Maggie Owen does not improve much. We are having a very nice Sunday. A strange young man is preaching for us and our new Minister will be with us shortly. Johnny is conducting the singing at 5 o'clock.

I suppose you will be moving soon to your new house. Mamma is not nearly so bad now as she has been with rheumatism. Frances is a very good girl and does her best to help her mother. Dear Lizzie Ann excuse my very short letter, I only wish I had more news to tell you. There is a great deal of sickness about and a good many people dying about the County. Your aprons will be sent shortly. So I conclude with dearest love to you and from us all.

Your father Maurice Lewis