Rosina penned a letter all consumed with family and concern about the fire. Robert wrote his own missive to the children, all about local business, his and theirs. He remarks that he was becoming deaf so maybe he had not heard about the fire, but more likely he had left worrying about that to his wife and was intent on letting them know what was happening in regards to the family fortunes on the farm and to what he had done with the check they had sent to him.
David and Jane owed Dr. Smith money for something – maybe property; maybe past medical care. The letter doesn’t enlighten us. It sounds like Robert had an additional $5 of their money from the past and added it to whatever they were paying to make the funds go further. But the letter, written by the old farmer, gives a sense of life on a
Robert A. Richardson. This photo was taken on the occasion of his 80th birthday
in 1885. He was born in Bath, New Hampshire January 8, 1805
and passed away on the 6th of April 1889.
His signature from this letter above.
Above left are David and Jane Stevens.
Robert was the son of Robert Fletcher Richardson and Dorcas Hardy Richardson of Bath, New Hampshire. His maternal grandfather Jesse Hardy, fought in the Revolutionary War under the command of Captain Gates. His paternal grandfather, Zechariah Richardson former of Francestown, New Hampshire also fought in the Revolutionary War.