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Transcript of Letter written in 1950 from Beatrix Carlson to Margaret (Williams?)

"SHERWOOD KINDRED OF AMERICA"
1634 - 1940

HONORARY PRESIDENT GENERAL:  WILLIAM OSBORNE BURR                    
HISTORIAN GENERAL:    FRANKLIN HEMMENWAY HALLOCK

PRESIDENT GENERAL: COL. EDWARD LEGGETT SHERWOOD
REGISTRAR GENERAL:    MRS. JOHN LIVERMORE CHRISTIE

VICE PRESIDENTS GENERAL:

                                       
POET LAUREATE:    MISS JULIA EDNA PARKER        

SECRETARY-TREASURER GENERAL & GENEALOGIST: MRS. M. BEATRIX CARLSON

PARLIAMENTARIAN GENERAL:       MRS. WM. FREDERICK BOILER
RECORDING SECRETARY GENERAL: MRS. MARGARET T. WILLIAMS

CHAPLAIN GENERAL:      STARR SANFORD SHERWOOD                                                             CORRESPONDING SECRETARY GENERAL: MRS. ADA BROWN ENSMINGER

                                                                                    72 Lockwood Avenue,

                                                                                   New Rochelle, New York,

                                                                                         6 April 1950.    

                  Dear Cousin Margaret:        

                       Have been trying for sometime to get this letter off to

                  you, but I know you will forgive my seeming remissness when I

                  tell you that I have been very ill, with streptococcuc throat

                  and bronchitic, bordering on pneumonia, due to lack of heat

                  in the house. Was in bed five weeks. The Dr. gave me three

                  shots of penicillin, to bring down the fever - 1O4 1/2 for four

                  days, Neomycin and phenacetine and codeine to stop the cough-

                  ing and rest my muscles which were very sore. Well I am now

                  much better and the warm days are coming. I feel pretty weak

                  and exhausted from the siege, but I will be o. k. soon.

        

                       Have so much to tell you I hardly know where to start.

                  Yesterday the representative of the Monument Co., called on me

                  and we had a very satisfactory talk. The Gorham Co., in New

                  York is starting the bronze tablet for the Memorial Monu-

                  ment, with the lovely inscription on it. Then May 13th they

                  will break the ground and place the 8ft. cement foundation in

                  order it will be thoroughly dry before placing the monument.

                  We hope to have it erected the latter part of August, with a

                  ceremony at the Church, then a pilgrimage to the Cemetery

                  and to the Probate Court, where the beautiful Memorial Scroll

                  will hang. We want to get some of the members to dress in

                  Puritan costume and they like the idea, sort of pageant idea.

                  I wish you could be with us when the unveiling takes place

                  for it will be quite an event. I believe I told you that at

                  the Annual Meeting they decided against the tentative monument

                  and decided to have a much better one, which will cost about

                  $750.00. The draughtsman of the Monument Co., made me a

                  beautiful drawing of the monument which I am presenting to the

                  Fairfield Historical Society, to hang in a prominent place

                  there and possibly create enthusiasm.

        

                       Before giving it to them I am, expecting to have a cut made

                  of it and have an 11 x 8 1/2 circular with the pictures at top

                  and a description of the monument to send out and see what I

                  can do about raising some more money. This will cost about                      

                  $35.00 for a thousand copies I believe the printer said. There

                  are a number much in favor of that. In addition I have started

                  the "Sherwoodiana," which I am sending you tomorrow, and the pro-

                  ceeds, over the cost, I expect to make my contribution, for myself,

                  son and grandson. This has been beautifully gotten together and I

                  know you will enjoy it. Two installments are in the folder and

                  another will soon be ready. I am placing in it a Sherwood Coat of

                  Arms, and some poetry which  I believe you will enjoy. Tell me

                  what you think of Julia Parkerís poem.

        

                      Now the Annual Meeting, which will be at "Fraunces Tavern,"

                  April (Saturday) 29, 1950. I wish you could be with us for the

                  occasion. Tomorrow I shall have to go into the city to make the

                  arrangements for it. It is always such a very pleasant and de-

                  lightful affair. Then I have the annual reports to make out and

                  which take so much time.   Have had twelve subscribers for the

                  "Sherwoodiana." Let me know your opinion of it. Tomorrow I have

                  an appointment with a publisher in New York. Mr. Carlton Sher-

                  wood is the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee for that. Had

                  a nice letter from him yesterday and he is quite enthusiastic.  I        I

                  surely did get myself in business this year, but after the Annual

                  Meeting will be coming up smiling.

        

                       Now the time has come for the Annual Dues and this year we are

                  asking the members to send in their checks for the amount of $5.0O,

                  to cover the cost of the "Robin Hood," folder and postage, which has

                  been a great liability this past year, what with postage going up.

                  The "Robin Hood," costs us about $1.00, so we will appreciate you

                  subscribing that amount. Your cooperation has been one of my great-

                  est incentives. If you would want to help out with this Monument

                  circular and would want to send me $5.00 toward it I cannot tell

                  you how much I would be indebted to you. In the past year I have

                  advanced more than $200.00 toward the work and now have a very

                  beautiful steel file and a table model file, with pendaflex folders

                  and all in splendid shape, which is a great comfort to me. I had

                  been using apple-boxes before and it was a task to find things, now

                  I can put my hands on everything, which is a great relief. Pretty

                  soon I will have to have an office if this keeps up. Next winter

                  I expect to go into New York, where I can be better able to handle

                  things.        

                      Now have all the dues letters to get out and acknowledge receipt

                   of dues, which takes a lot of time, but I am doing very well as it

                   is.   Will you be so good as to send me your check as soon as poss-

                   ible after receipt of this letter as I want all the members in

                   good standing at the time of our fiscal year, 10 April 1950. Make

                   your check payable to me, as usual, and if you want to help,with

                   the monument circular I would greatly appreciate it if you could

                   send an additional $5.00 toward that. Several have thought it

                   a good idea and have contributed. There will be some postage for

                   that end if I can get some more interested I can make it. I am

                   sure it will help with the monument fund. What do you think of

                   the idea?        

                       Must get out a lot of letters now, but will close with much

                   love to my "dear Kinswoman," and best of all good wishes to Miss

                   Shackford, who is one of the most charming persons I have ever

                   met. By the way, Marie Cooper Adams, a pupil of yours at Welles-

                   lay sends you her love. She is now Mrs. John Gilman Ballord. Have

                   you heard from her? Affectionately,

                                                                        [signed] M. Beatrix Carlson