This is an interesting but kind of sad letter sent four months after the passing of my great-grandfather P.W. Pearson. J.W. Johnson first addresses his grand-niece Edna, thanking her for a letter she had sent previously.
Then he addresses Clara and offers an apology for something – he believes that Clara is upset with him but doesn’t understand why.
305 Garfield St.
Oct. 15, 1920
Dear Edna Pearson,
I receved yours of the 7. Thanks I was glad to see your Grand Pa & Ma is geting along so well and all of you my folkes is all well. Exept my self I am not so well as I am use to be.
Dear Clara, what have I done. Have I affend you in any way. I must ask you to forgeve me. I am a Poor writer & dectator. If I have writen someting not Proper you mus excus & forgive me. I asure you it is not my Intention to in any way hurt the feeling of anyone.
I am yours truly
One explanation might be just the general emotional upheaval that occurs when people are grieving. Maybe things are said that are later regretted, or maybe there’s just a misunderstanding going on. Who knows.