Letter of 1947

The first is a letter written to Jean in answer to some questions she had asked him. His response is dated 22 July 1947. It is typed on the typewriter on which I later learned to type, so the typeface is extremely familiar to me.

Dear Jean,

Yours of July 18th is at hand. Well, you know men sometimes make a mistake. In other words, they don’t think, and as I forgot to give you all the information you should know, so will try and do so this time.

James Lidderdale, born January 18th, 1836 at Sheffield, England. Sailed from Liverpool, England on the S.S. City of Baltimore in the latter part of August 1868, arriving in New York City the latter part of August. Continued on to Buffalo, NY, the first week of September 1868, George Herbert and Arthur Edwin accompanying.

I am pleased to give you this information and to know that you are interested in the Lidderdale family. Previous to the information given, I think your father [George Arthur] has much information that you would be interested in as he once wrote to a Lidderdale in London, England. On your next meeting with him, I think you will be interested in his account.

My best regards to all the family. Love and best wishes, Grandad

Forgot to say James Lidderdale while in England was a tea taster for a large exporting firm. Here in the U.S. was a color maker in a wallpaper factory. Harry Hilbury [father of Elizabeth Hilbury, wife to Arthur Edwin] was a carpenter.

Arthur Edwin Lidderdale

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