Ada’s Love Letters: #3 & #4 (Oct. 26-27 1873)
I often try to imagine what life would have been like a hundred years ago, when a distance of 10 miles was a long journey. What was it like to not be able to just pick up the phone and call someone, or drive right over to their house? Not knowing if they are sick or happy or sad, or if they are even thinking of you as much as you are thinking of them.
It reminds me of a soldier away at war in our modern day, except obviously a soldier at war comes with a much higher risk.
I think William was distressed over the distance between himself and Ada. I imagine what would happen if I could go back in time and explain iPhones to them. No worries, you can just hit the Face Time button and not only hear each other, but see each other too. That would probably have blown their 1870’s Quaker minds.
William is wishing for a letter from Ada, yet again, poor man. This letter had an additional letter on the same paper, so I’ve included them both typed out below.
(First page upside down so you can see the flipped text at the bottom.)
Russell Station Ohio
Oct 26th 1873
I feel lonesome this morning. I have not heard from you since I was down. I don’t know what is the reason, but I don’t think it can be any fault of yourn. It was a week since I wrote you a letter and no answer yet. I am not satisfied this way, so I write you an other one. It’s something strange to me that it’s so long before I got an answer from you here of late. It never was this way before. I would just as soon not write at all if not little sooner as to write and then not get an answer until I want to go down again and then I have to go and get it just before I start if I want one before I do go. I am just about half mad but not at you dear Ada. Bless me I don’t want to get mad at you but because I can’t get any news from you. But maybe I will get a letter soon. I do hope I will.
If I hear from you between this and next Saturday I will come down on Saturday and if not on Saturday I will come on Sunday morning. The reason I don’t want to come before I hear from you is because I don’t know whether you are at home or not. You were talking about going away when I was down. I don’t know now whether you went or not. If you write a letter this week after you get this address it to Hillsboro. I will get it then on Saturday if it want take it a week to get there or this one that long before you get it. If I [don’t] get a letter this week from you I will come down any how if I think you are at home.
I hope things will come out all right so I Can come on next Saturday. I would like to see you again.
From your Will
One year ago to day I was with you in Danville. The season I remember so well. Thomas Anda & me walked over to meeting that day and it was my birthday. I did not think about it once that day. This is my birthday again. I had a dream about you last night. I went down to see you and I did see you in my dream. I dreamt of getting a letter from you last night also. That is a pretty good sign I will get one to day. I hope I will.
Will, to my dear Ada.
(To read the letters in order click here, then start at the very bottom of the page.)