To: Emma Lewis (wife)

From: Maurice Lewis

December 31st 1899

My dear Wife, I take the pleasure of writing these few lines to you, hoping that they will find you quite well, as it leaves us both at present, and also hoping that Lizzie Ann and David, and baby and Johnny are quite well. I dare say there are many ill with influenza in London, the same as here. There is a great many complaining here now.

Poor old Mrs Smith and Betty Griffiths are dead. So you see by every Sunday we have some that have passed away. I am in very good health, and Frances so far. We must feel very thankful to our Great Preserver for this. It has been very changeable weather here of late. I dare say it is the same with you.

The Reverend W.S. Jones is our Preacher today. We are having a very happy Sunday for the last this year. I enclose the address of little Jane Lewis. Dear wife, I wish you a very happy New Year, and also Lizzie Ann, David, babby and Johnny. I have not much more news to tell you. May God be with all.

From your husband and Frances Lewis.

Excuse my very short letter this time.