To: Lizzie Ann

From: Maurice Lewis - (her father)

7 May 1899

Dear Lizzie Ann I take the pleasure of writing these few lines to you hoping that you are quite well, as we are all pretty well at present, and I hope that David, Johnny and Morris are quite well. Is Johnny doing his best to help out with the singing in the chapel - Catherine Morgan had seen you all together in chapel on Sunday night. Our own minister is with us today. We are having a very happy Sunday.

Poor Mr Evans - Fo…….g [?] was shot dead in his own parlour at 8.30 on Saturday morning. He was cleaning his gun and there happened to be an old charge in it and it went off and he was killed on the spot, and now everybody is very much upset, poor Mrs Evans is in great trouble - and this so soon after poor Thomas Williams. So you see that we are very much in trouble in our town these days. The good old council of the Bible is still in date - 'be ye also ready for such an hour as ye think not the son of man cometh and I do hope for myself, Mamma and Frances and you all that we shall have grace and wisdom to make some preparation against that day and hour of which we know not of, and God bless you all and keep you in his knowledge continually in Jesus Christ - amen.

Dear Lizzie I have not much to tell you now. Mamma is going to write very soon - beginning of the week.

So I conclude with our very best love to you all.

from your dear Father and Mother

M & E and Frances Lewis