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March 10, 1892

Mary Leslie Newton continues describing the move, including the wallpaper in the new house. She also discusses her sister Halley's fondness for gum, issues with her own teeth, the weather, and recent postal delays. A postscript describes a new dress…


March 6, 1892

Mary Leslie Newton provides an ongoing account of the moving process, focusing particularly and humorously on the family's large number of books. She summarizes a letter received from an uncle, notes attendance at church, and mentions the pension…


February 16, 1892

Mary Leslie Newton describes a recent aurora, her attendance at Sunday school and some criticism of the sermon, and an interaction between the family cat Koko and a strange cat.


January 21, 1892

A humorous letter — in an attempt to pad the length, Mary Leslie Newton uses as many polysyllabic words as possible, and includes nearly two full pages of postscripts. She describes postcards sent to relatives, her ongoing foot problem, a cat fight,…


March 8, Undated

This undated letter describes the usual lack of news, housecleaning, and Mary Leslie Newton's ongoing issues with a couple of her teeth. A humorous postscript describes an interaction with her grandmother about her height.


January 5, 1892

Mary Leslie Newton writes a humorous letter to her father, making up details to supplant the lack of news. She describes her own printing responsibilities, and asks if she might "set up as a boy" once her brother Don leaves home.


December 24, 1891

Mary Leslie Newton provides an account of Christmas gifts given and received, as well as several local deaths due to illness. She signs her name Dorothy Q.


December 23, 1891

Mary Leslie Newton provides a humorous account of her forgetfulness, which caused her to miss a week of letters; she goes on to discuss further activity related to the potential sale of their house, as well as Christmas gifts and shopping.


December 5, 1891

Mary Leslie Newton writes a business letter to her father about a woman who has offered to trade them her farm for their house, and requests her father's response.


December 3, 1891

Mary Leslie Newton provides an account of recent events, including bad news about her sister Halley's vision, good news about her teeth, and a handwritten postscript regarding the type of envelope she is using.