After the deaths of his father and older brother Ernest, Avery took his younger brother Roy under his wing. Roy Avery became
a bacteriologist and spent most of his career as a professor at Vanderbilt University. In this letter, Avery congratulates
his brother and sister-in-law on the birth of their daughter, Margaret.
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1930-09-23 (September 23, 1930)
Avery, Oswald T.
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Sept 23 / 30--
That was a glorious telegram announcing the coming of Margaret Dewees--I shall keep it in the family archives--a sort of birth
certificate of the young lady. I read it again and again to a host of admiring friends--and delightfully phrased heralding
of the great event. I am thrilled, delighted, and happy beyond words for Catherine and you--and the old batchelor [sic] Uncle
is himself simply "nutty" about the idea of having a dear little niece in his family, it's a grand and glorious
feeling, gives me a sort of new lease on life.
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I was happy too to hear the good news of how splendidly Catherine is doing--give her my love and tell her how proud and delighted
I am--and by the way Roy, if there is anything you would like her to have or can think of that would contribute to her comfort
these days, please get it right away, regardless, and send the bill to Uncle--nothing would please me more than being made
to feel that I am something more than a cheer-leader in this big event.
You've certainly had the blue ribbon pinned on you these days--a prize baby and a prize picture all in one week is just
too much--splendid work.
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Congratulations--you hold the record in our family.-- I told Homer Swift this morning--he immediately phoned Emma, and was
Yesterday I happened in the Bank and thought you might like to hear the enclosed--which I send you instead of a check so you
may have a record of the coupon as due.
Minnie and the Edwards-Whalen-[Dorenns] family are overwhelmed with joy. Sarah is happily married and looks it--like a young
debutant--and the news from Nashville altogether has lifted the family into the seventh heaven.
I have begun work in the Lab--lots to do--and things look interesting.
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My love and thought are with you three. May we all be happily together long years to enjoy this new blessing that has come
into our lives.
Kiss Margaret Dewees behind the ear,--a bacteriological but affectionate kiss from "Uncle Ozzie" who sends his love
to her mother and father.