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Letter to W. L. Weller from Hugh M. Saunders, November 9th, 1893.



Letter to W. L. Weller from Hugh M. Saunders, November 9th, 1893.



H. M. Saunders writes to the Home in response to another letter, and states that he and his wife have decided to "take little Henry Sexton by Apprenticeship," and adds that it is likely that they will adopt him later on. He adds that there is an "excellent graded school" they will send him to, and also that he plans to teach Henry "in every department of a newspaper office, and make of him a practical hewspaper man." According to the header, Saunders is the publisher of "The Star," the only paper published in Carlisle County. He concludes with information of how to deliver Henry to him. Letter marked Bardwell, KY. In a follow-up letter from 13 Nov 1893, Saunders writes that he and his wife "have learned to think a great deal of Henry already although we have not seen him yet." He asks for the Home to send him to Paducah on Nov 20th to meet his brother-in-law, Jno. W. Overstreet at 1335 W. Court St. Henry may be 1 year old, as Saunders asks "to whom will he belong the other three years before he is 4?" (NOTE: Henry cannot be 1 year old due to development) Letter marked Bardwell, KY. In a letter from 23 Nov 1893, Saunders writes to Weller regarding Henry's arrival and settling in to Bardwell. He says that he seemed delighted to meet his wife and daughter, was pleased with the farm animals, and was starting school the coming Monday. He ends the letter, "We are quite proud of our dear little boy, and trust God for life, health, and the proper skill to teach him to be a useful man." In a letter from 13 June 1894, Saunders writes to Weller to ask about Henry's living relatives, especially his sisters Minnie, Maggie and Rosie. He asks if they are still in the Home and if they are well, and asks about his parents and grandparents. He says that Henry, though very bright and good, is sometimes difficult to "govern," and constantly writes letters that he asks Saunders to deliver to his sisters. Saunders wants all information he can gather regarding Henry's family so that in a few years he can give him the information. He says that he has been teaching him to set type, and that he has been attending school. Letter marked Bardwell, KY. In a letter from 25 July 1894, Saunders writes to the Home to ask if Henry Sexton's sisters are still in the Home, stating that Henry is "very desirous to know about them." He says that he doesn't think Henry should be in regular contact with them until his apprenticeship is over, but that he feels it is his duty to find the sisters for Henry. He goes on to say that Henry is a very bright boy and fast learner, and that he continues to pick up typesetting. Letter marked Bardwell, KY. In a letter from 11 August 1894 in folder 11, an unnamed author writes to Mary regarding Henry, that Mrs. and Mr. Hugh Saunders got from the Home, saying that he is "doing real well." Letter marked Bardwell, KY. In an incomplete letter from 8 April 1896, Saunders writes to Hollingsworth to say that he is "deeply grieved to tell you that my wife and I can not get along with Henry at all." He says that he stole at school, and even after punishment, "he seems to have such a mania for attending to other people's business." He adds that he is very untruthful, but he is "certainly one of the smartest children" he has ever seen. He says that he was punished for "stopping on the road to and from school" and he can never "depend upo him to make the trip without stopping." Handwritten, "Apprenticed to Hugh Saunders Nov 20 1893, Born Henry H. Sexton, Feb 5 1886." Letter marked Bardwell, KY.


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Hugh M. Saunders, “Letter to W. L. Weller from Hugh M. Saunders, November 9th, 1893.,” The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects, accessed May 18, 2024,