To: Emma Lewis (wife), Lizzie Ann and David

From: Maurice Lewis

May 8th 1898

My dear Wife, Elizabeth Ann and David,

I take the pleasure of writing a few lines to you, hoping that Lizzie Ann is much better, and that you yourself - Dear Emma, I do hope that the change has done you a little good, and I do hope that all the strange things you see does make you pretty cheerful.

We are getting on very well so far. Little Edith is there keeping Frances company at night, and Johnny is very faithful in your absence, and they agree very well. Mr Williams and his wife are with us today. She is a very nice looking person and young. Poor Miss Pritchard (Wynnstay House) died this morning. She had been ill for a week. I am serving under new people at the Wynnstay now. I cannot say much about them yet.

Do you see Anne (one I know) in London? Has Mary or Catherine Lewis been seeing for you yet? Your coming home will be very welcome - but not before it is convenient. I hope Lizzie Ann is getting much better. Just a word by return to say how she is. Give my very best love to David and all enquiring friends. My dear Wife and children, I have not much more to say. I enjoy the means of grace this day, and feeling thankful to God for a day of rest and joy in his house, and I hope that you all feel that God is with you - and that you all know that you are sheltering under the shadow of his great wing. Jesus …….[?] to your souls. God makes the bed of the sick in all their afflictions. He was afflicted and the angel of his presence saved them.

Now I must conclude with my dearest love to you all from your dear Husband and Father

Maurice Lewis Wynnstay Hotel Machynlleth