31–B. Aida Receives Another Uninteresting Letter, December 1877

Demolition of buildings for the NY approach to the East River Bridge. Harper's Weekly, November 1877. LOC: 90715542.
Demolition of buildings for the NY approach to the East River Bridge. Harper’s Weekly, November 1877. LOC: 90715542.
Walton, New York, to Aida Austin, December 16, 1877
My Dear Aida,
A note from Emma the other day stated that if I would only write once more you would answer No. 2. So you see I am bound and determined to fulfill upon my part all that is possible to get a note from you.

I am well aware how uninteresting anything which I may write will be to you but I will make it so brief that you will not be very much fatigued in reading it providing you can read it at all.

Four weeks of school has already passed which time seems very short to me. I think this is the pleasantest winter weather I have seen for a long time. Not any snow (except an occasional spot now and then) to be seen and the sun shines war as summer.

I’m away from home just now and am using someone’s writing material besides my own. And of course I shall have to break my word with Emma (I s’pose it’s of little account at the best) as I told her I’d write her when I wrote to others.

You may ask her to excuse me this once besides an average of once a week in the future. I shall have to make you a visit before many months seeing I did not see you last summer in Sull. co.

Do you expect to live in Sull. again? What part of the year could you entertain me with the greatest convenience for a very short time? (Taking it for granted of course that my company will be agreeable.)

What are you doing now? What is Emma doing too? But I must close. Write soon. Don’t be afraid.

Yours in love, Chester Beers

Note: Chester’s letters are written to Ida, who (apparently) spelled her name Aida, when she was older. So I have usually changed Ida to Aida.

It will be December before the next post. Busy times here in Cave Creek!

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. Chester Writes Aida, October 1877

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