Dear Mr. Henderson,
I do not know what you must think of me for not answering you letter sooner. I assure you it is not lack of sincerity. Just after I received your letter, I received a telegram from home telling me of my brother’s death. Of course it was very sad news and I could do nothing but try to comfort my grief stricken parents for Ernest was our baby. I feel that “God does all things for the best” but my parents cannot accept that great truth at present, tho they firmly believe it. I feel so sorry for them.
I know you will be surprised at the change in my address. But in a way, I have been rather unfortunate. You know I began to teach in October. I did not receive my salary because Mr. Lorman, Principal of the Private School did not seem able to meet his expenses. I lost about one hundred dollars so I resigned. At present I am teaching in Camden. I have a seventh grade of boys. I like my work very much all tho, I assure you, I have my hands full with thirty two big boys to manage.
I think I was very fortunate in getting this position without losing a day. It is a life position with an increase of $48 a year for five years. I do not know how long I will stay for you know I was elected in Lancaster to a life position. I suppose I will go home next year and stay there.
We had a very sad Christmas. It was the first Christmas in my long life that we had no tree, and how we did miss it! I do not know why Mary and Nora do not write to me. I wrote to both of them last but have not received an answer. Where is Mary? Have you all gone West? I hope Mary has not gone without saying good-bye to me. I am going to write to Bonnie tonight. Probably I shall receive some answer from her.
When I think of the good time we had last summer, I cannot bear to think of never visiting or probably ever seeing all of you again. When you write to the girls or see them please tell them how anxious I am to hear from them. Are you going to give me what I deserve and make me wait long for an answer? Tell me about your plans for the winter.
With best wishes for a happy and prosperous year.