Gainesville, Fla. 7/17-06
My Dear Boys:
I expect you all think I have about forgotten you but I can assure you I have not. I
have received the letters you have written and you will never write letters which will be
more welcome than they. I was also mighty glad to get Aunt Anna's. Now I don't want
to lecture you but you must not let Aunt Anna & Uncle Pat spoil you. I know they can't
help but get "stuck on you" and if you don't watch them they are pretty apt to spoil you a
little bit. My! but couldn't we have a big time if I was there and had no office work to
think about! I expect old Crom can ride horseback nearly as good as I can by this time
for aunt Anna said he went nearly everywhere with Uncle Pat, and of course The, Charlie
and Patton ride anything they get hold of from a goat to a mule. But while you boys are
having such a good time riding and driving what do you do with Little Adair? Surely you
take her with you if she wants to go? I'll tell you what I would like each of you to do for
me I would like each one of you, sometime when you feel in a humor for it, to write me
all about your trip from the time you left home until you arrived at Uncle Pat's and no
one to let either of the others know anything about what he has written or what he intends
writing. In other words, I simply want a write-up of the trip and each one saw it and felt
while taking it and the thoughts each one had during the trip. You can take your time
about it and write only as you may feel like it and you needn't feel that you must finish it
at one sitting.
I have no Palatka news as I have not been there since you left, as there has been
so much work in the office, I have not felt as if I could leave it long enough of the trip.
Aunt Mag & Grandmother writes to me, though, and tells me they keep well. They say
every-body misses and asks about my boys and are glad they are having such a good
time. Grandmother and Aunt Mag are thinking of going to Atlanta for Aunt Mag to
complete her course in stenography. Aunt Mag expects to be gone about two months but
Grandmother will get back a few days before you boys so she can fix for you to start
school. They will not go, if they go at all, until Aunt Mag gets her vacation and Mr.
Bailey and Mr. Walter have consented to give her a month or five weeks in addition in
order for her to complete her stenographic course. When they go away I'll certainly be
lonesome then. I've been pretty lonely since you all left and though I have not seen them
I've felt they were not far away & hoped each day or two I would get to see them. But it
is all right and I want you all to have just as good a time as you can and their trip will do
them both lots of good. I don't mind being lonesome if I know you are all well where
you keep well and are enjoying yourselves. I am going to quit the office in a few days
and go back on the road anyway & I expect I'll have to run from Leesburg to
Jacksonville by Gainesville and the J and S.W., so I wouldn't get to see you but very little
if you were all at home. I told Mr. Glass a few weeks ago that unless he could give me
more help in the office I would quit and take my run back. He tried and the management
would not allow him any more office force so I then told him to get some one in my
place. He has a man who promised to be here on July 20th, but Mr. Glass says I must stay
in the office until the 1st of August or until the new man becomes familiar with the work.
Do not let this keep you from writing to me at Box "B," Gainesville. I believe I told you
I had changed my boarding place the last time I saw you. Well, I like it, "The Oaks,"
much better than I did "The Magnolia." [I] think it a much nicer place and really [nice?]
people. Though the people at "The Magnolia" treated me pretty well except they
wouldn't give me a net over my bed. They have two skating here now; one just across
the street from "The Oaks." I haven't been to either of them since the night we all went
together. I saw Park Hay on the street a day or two ago & he asked about you all.
If your pocket books are running low drop me a line and I'll do "the necessary."
All of you, including Patton, must kiss dear little Adair for Uncle The and don't forget
Aunt Anna. With lots & lots of love
Affectionately Yr Father,
[Theophilus Beatty, J. Patton Anderson's second son.]
[Below is a note from the left-hand margin of the first page of this letter.]
I enclose a "Canal Zone" stamp which I got in the mail today. Don't know if either of
you want it for your collection or not. If all want it you'll have to get Aunt Anna to say
or decide for you who should have it.
Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.