Walter E. Dandy Letter 10/30/07

1323 E. 5th St.

Sedalia, Mo.

October 30, 1907

My Dear Son,

…Very glad to hear you think so much of the University and very pleased to hear you take so well with the students.

You must tell us everything about yourself, and of course if you wish us not to tell we will not do so. I feel like you, that it is a little out of place to boast so much of you. But I just like these English people to know that you have come out of your snail box (the term Mrs. B. used) and now on a fair way to be the leading man in the country. I really believe you will. You have got the ability and the money to get to the highest in your profession. It is a pleasure for us to give you anything you need. It done us more good to hear you tell us those things we long to hear than if we had got $100. It is only a Mother and Father can appreciate such good news. Your sweet disposition is sure to make you a favorite. That is where you take after Papa. Wouldn't he like to see this, but I will send it away before he gets home.

Send us in particular all the good news about yourself and all about your work. Let us know how you are getting along with your research work. Don't study to hard. Be sure you take good care of yourself first of all.…

Papa went out after writing to you. He got a turnround. Was back in six hours. Went right out again. They told him he could get another turnround so he will soon be back. Will make a double in a little over 12 hours. He likes the turnround. If they keep them over ten hours they have to pay them overtime, so they hurry to get them over the road.…

We went to Gornals for supper Sunday night. They had the Gornals baby christened and they had the English crowd. Polly G. was wishing you could see the baby.

Polly B. and Mrs. B. was there. They went to church soon after supper. Polly was going to sing a piece at church. She asked how you were. I told her I had a comic postal card from you. She said she must come and see it. They never let on any thing about you writing or sending cards.

Annie Craven said they had a postal from you. She was very pleased about it. She wished to be remembered to you. Mrs. Gornal had one also. She would like to pay you back by giving you a good one. She would like to get one where the Statue of Liberty is bowing to Johnie Bull.

Mrs. Lord Campbell came in on Monday. She said she had heard so much about you getting along so well that she wanted to come and hear about you. She is pretty slippery. She never said come and see me. I guess she is afraid I would go if she asked me.

Did Polly B. answer your letter?… Goodbye my dear sweet boy (young man now).

Your loving Mother