Henry S., age 25, Michigan

I went up to the store this morning and began closing up the Main Ledger.  I got it all done and made out a Balance Sheet for the firm showing the exact state of their business.  I was at work posting etc. all the afternoon.  It has been quite a fine day but the wind is in the north and it seems chilly.  I called at the Dr’s tonight and learned that Mrs. Robbins is worse and will probably die.  It is too bad.  I can just imagine how I should feel if my Kate should die.  I believe I would go crazy.  I got a letter from her tonight, in which she said she was well but her father is worse with the cancer in his lip.  I am tired tonight.

*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)