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James Nicholas How's letter to Alma Sophia BENSON

My dear Alma
I have for a long time been wanting to write to you, but something or other has always prevented when I thought I had a good opportunity. The beautiful photos Frank has kindly sent are a reminder that I should no longer delay, and I send you these few lines, today, to congratulate you on the birth of your second son, whose life I trust will be a long one of devotion and unremitting affection for a Mother so well worthy of both; and may you, my dear Alma, have the genuine daily pleasure of finding him cheerfully receptive of all the good elementary teaching it is only the province of a Mother properly to inculcate. The photo of Donald Benson is very fine - but how much finer the subject! What an astonishing baby! Really I think there never could have been a grander specimen of his age, ever before!
"Hercules Sampson", as well as Donald Benson, he might well have been Christened, for his limbs look as lusty and vigorous as if the muscles had been developed by a course of training. And his head and brow I think promise a great deal of brain power. I see a very strong likeness to Frank, although in so young a child, family resemblances are very seldom seen, but in this case I am quite sure the remarkable similarity can not be overlooked. However, whatever are the auguries we seem to believe in as we look at the infant, the great thing is, to pray, that he may grow up good and true, and that his life may be prosperous and happy. This is my sacred prayer and I hope my dear Alma the existence of Donald Benson will always add largely to the genuine happiness of your life. I look forward in a few days to send you a cabinet portrait of your Aunt, and one of myself. They are done by Alfred, and Jim very skilfully too. With much love to yourself and Frank believe me ever your affectionate Uncle.

This letter is taken from Kaye Wachter's book - note: "Uncle Jim" [James Nicholas How 1836-1914] was Frank How's uncle, a brother to Thomas Waldo How, Frank How's father.

Letter from James Nicholas How's to Alma Sophia BENSON

Linked toAlma Sophia BENSON; James Nicholas HOW

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