Avery was like an uncle to his younger cousin Minnie Wandell, and the two were quite close. When Avery retired, Wandell acted
as his housekeeper in Nashville. In this letter, Avery wishes Wandell a happy nineteenth birthday.
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1913-11-18 (November 18, 1913)
Avery, Oswald T.
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Nov. 18th, 13
I'm sort of twisted about the date, but think some one I know has a birthday pretty soon--on the 19th isn't it? I
can never remember whether yours is the 17th or 19th--Roy's is one of these dates in December too, which?
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19 on the 19th--My congratulations, felicitations and all the nice things that go with such a festive occasion. The last four
years have brought many changes into your life, and for whatever share I have had in contributing to your happiness during
this time I am happy in having had the opportunity and I trust the coming years may
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be crowded full of real joy for you and filled with the things that are worth while in life.
You know I am pleased with the progress you have made and the willing, helpful attitude you have shown in trying to do your
share in helping to solve some of the problems which we have had to face together. This mutual helpfulness will
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make many of the rough places smooth and our little family find great joy in each trying to do something for the other.
Stick fast to the ideals of the sweet, unselfish life of our dear Mother's Sis, and I shall have no fear for your developing
into the richness of a beautiful womanhood, with all the graces and virtues that crown its triumph.
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Take the enclosed check for five dollars and buy some little thing with it that you feel you could not otherwise have--have
a good time with it and don't feel that you have to put it down in that little account book--spend it the way you want
to, and accept it as a rather meagre expression of my desire to make your Birthday, as in fact I would
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like to make every day, a very happy and pleasant one for you--And with it accept my love and know that my greatest desire
is for your welfare and my longing to see you mature into to sweetness and kindliness of character of the One whose memory
is the most sacred thing to me
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I didn't mean to preach when I began this letter, but I guess it runs in the family.
I hope you will be able to make the little trip with Lillian at Thanksgiving. I'm sure you would enjoy it.