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The Oswald T. Avery Collection

Title:
Letter from Oswald T. Avery to Minnie Wandell pdf (175,093 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Oswald T. Avery to Minnie Wandell
Description:
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.
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
7 (175,093 Bytes)
Date:
1913-11-18 (November 18, 1913)
Creator:
Avery, Oswald T.
Recipient:
Wandell, Minnie
Source:
Original Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives. Oswald T. Avery Papers
Rights:
Courtesy of the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
URL: http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/Exit
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Exhibit Category:
Biographical Information
Unique Identifier:
CCGMDR
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Transcript:
Nov. 18th, 13
Dear Minnie:-
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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on earth.
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.
With love,
OT Avery
66th St. and Ave A Rockefeller Inst.
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2005-05-20
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