32. School Has Passed Pleasantly, January 1878

Croquet, 1866. LOC: 3a42517.
Croquet, 1866. LOC: 3a42517.
Walton, N.Y., to Miss Ida A. Austin, 103 Christopher St., N.Y.C., January 25, 1878
My Dear Ida,
Yours of recent date has been rec’d—contents noted. And now as the tenth week of school is done and I am at home, I will try and answer your first as well as your last letter to me.

Like you, I was somewhat surprised when I received your letter for I did not think any of the time that I would be able to get you to write but I at last succeeded and prize your epistle very much—though short—for I have read it over more than twice already.

You may tell Emma that I think her memory must be failing her for I have what she said about your writing to me in one of her letters which I can show when I visit you next summer at Eldred should my anticipations ever come to pass in regard to said visit.

School has passed off very pleasantly thus far. The weather has been so pleasant that I have enjoyed myself extremely well and the ten weeks passed seems very short indeed. Such a lovely winter I have never known before.

Croquet at Mr. McCrary's Cottage. New Jersey, ca. 1875. LOC: 2006677577.
Croquet at Mr. McCrary’s Cottage. New Jersey, ca. 1875. LOC: 2006677577.
I received quite a compliment from a lady teacher adjoining my district not long since. It seems that she saw me at church and inquired who I was of one of my pupils who told her my name, to which she replied, “Well he’s noble looking ain’t he?” I shall have to get some better acquainted with her before long I guess.

How did you enjoy the New Years calls that you were about to make at your last time of writing? How does Maria and Tommy get along? Tell me something about her.

You can practice playing croquet before I get down, for I shall have to play a few games.

Affectionately yours, Remembrance to your folks. Write soon.
Chester Beers

Note: Ida later spelled her name Aida.

Previous Posts
1. Is that the New Teacher?
2. The Math Tutor
3. Chester Beers to Friend Emma, Correspondence Continues
4. What is the News? October 29, 1869
5. The Merry Laugh of the Village School
6. Teaching Advice in a Poem
7. I Would Not Wait for Erie’s Train
8. 1870 Highland
9. Mrs. Prindle’s Soliloquy
10. February 28, 1870, What Is the News?
11. Who Teaches in the Village, April 1870
12. Fair Hagan’s Pool, June 1870
13. Shades of Night, 1870
14. Deposit, New York, 1871
15. Dear Father, January 1872
16. Emma Attends Albany Normal, March 1872
17. Lumberland Schoolhouse, 1872
18. Verdant Meadows, June 1, 1873
19. I Have Been Very Busy, August 30, 1873
20. 1874–1875
21. 1876, A Challenging Year
22. Impossible To Be Your Friend, 1876
23. The Old Schoolhouse, May 1876
24. Centennial 1876
26. Save Your Patience, June 1876
27. More 1876 Centennial Images
28. Old Acquaintance, February 1877
29. New York Visit? 1877
30. Fall 1877
31. Letter to Miss Aida Austin, October 1877
31B. Aida Receives Another Letter, December 1877

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