Correspondence of Rutherford Hayes Platt, 1887-1915

 

[R. to Emily]

Columbus, O.                  
Tuesday, Feb. 22nd 1887

Dear Emily - We reached home, just as planned when we left here, last Saturday afternoon - and so our wedding trip is over. No couple ever had a more delightful one. We of course talk Bermuda to everyone we see - that is what they all want to hear about – and we have enough to tell for the whole community - and already we hear of neighbors who think of going the voyage next winter-viz. Mr. & Mrs. John W. Andrews - If there is anything in talk you may expect quite an emigration from here.- Of course Laura and Fanny are both much disappointed that you have changed your plan so definitely outlined before our visit to you - and in not coming to Columbus this year. Perhaps you will please us all very much by again changing your plan - but if not very likely Laura or Fanny will come on and see you in the East - though this is merely my suggestion, they have neither of them considered it.
    Maryette & I are at her parents house for a few days awaiting the arrival of our cook. - Our furniture has just come and I am about going out to the house to unpack and put it in place. There has been much buying of kettles and pans & such since yesterday - A line of shopping for which I am not required to participate-
    Maryette has inquired about the self-baster - and one is to be made which if it seems just the thing as to size &c shall be duplicated for you.
    Jim Heyl called last evening looking uncommonly well and glad to hear from us about his family and home. His parcels came through all right in our trunks. We bought an extra trunk in N.Y. to facilitate packing & and then had plenty of room.         Mrs. Smith had Henry Taylor in to dinner with us Sunday evening and then the talk was all Bermuda. He reported Maggie as very well - His Father about the same - confined to his bed and suffering considerable at times - needing much care. I am writing hurriedly as you notice from the office. Maryette is busy out at the house. With love to all of you, the Hastings tribe, dear Emily -

                                                            Your brother
                                                                    R.

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[R. to Emily]

March 29, 1887

Dear Emily - I hope you will get your patent roaster by this steamer from Beardsley’s Sons. After we had ours made, they got in a stock here from the manufacturer and on going to select one for you I found that they were made in N.Y. City - So instead of sending one back there to be shipped I wrote Beardsley’s Sons to procure one from the manufacturer & send to you.
    Maryette is very much interested in household matters - being engaged just now in a course of cooking lessons - the teacher coming from Cincinnati. You learned of Mrs. Bates’ sudden death last week. The family bear their affliction very nobly. We went in to see them Sunday evening and had a very cheerful pleasant call.
    Two other old neighbors have just passed away - Col. Medberry in his 79th year and Mr. G. F. Wheeler the grocer. Judge Benham whom you will remember as once a next door neighbor, also died last week, in Louisiana, & was brought here for burial. So we are having very funeral season.
Such news as I have I give -
With love to the Genl. & yourself & kisses to the dear children.

                                                Your brother
                                                           R.

Thermometer this morning 20E

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[R. to Emily]

Dec. 17, 1887

Dear Emily - I enclose your statement of your account and draft for your balance. Had expected to pay the Front st. paving assessment before this but the amount is not fixed until the street is completed to Town st. and so it is not yet on the tax duplicate and there is only the usual tax to pay. The 4th st. assessment on our Case property is $1566.42 to which will be added the State st. probably $600. I propose to pay this as rents accrue, if this is satisfactory to all concerned - making no further dividend from that source until the assessments are paid.
    You will think repairs at Front st. house considerable. There is still needed a new roof over porches at rear along the entire row of four houses.--- Have regretted that Genl Hastings did not find it convenient while here to inform himself about your interests more particularly and take a look at the Front st. house.
    I hope that you may all have a very happy Christmas time in your beautiful home.

                                                                With love
                                                                   Your Brother
                                                                           R.

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

Feb. 1st 1890

Dear Emily - I enclose your N.Y. draft for $3000 - which as you see by the enclosed receipt - to be signed & returned to me - is your share of a Distribution from the Capital of the estate - Proceeds of Real Estate. Having cash available for this purpose I decided after giving the matter consideration, and consulting with those interested here, that such Distribution should be made. And I hope that this course will be entirely satisfactory to you.
    Maryette & William seem quite well again.
    With love to you & your’s

                                                    Your Brother
                                                        Rutherford

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

May 9th 1890

Dear Emily - Your acct. since statement and draft sent April 7th is as follows:
                         Cr.                                                                      Db.
May 1st/90    Div. from Case Property   $200   š   Nov. 19th   C. J. Wild - Papering &
May 2nd "      Rect.                                    30  š           ?         Front of house    $20.30
May 9th "       Div. From Estate                250  š   May 9th      Draft enclosed    459.68                                                                 $480                      herewith  $480.00

Please return the receipt for $250 as usual.

We have taken a cottage at Kennebunkport, Me with Captain & Mrs. Smith for the Summer. Expect to go in in [sic] June - taking our servants with us to keep house. Your’s with love to all.

Judge Bates died last week.             Rutherford

[has computations on envelope]

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

Kennebunkport, Me.
Aug. 8th 1899           

Dear Emily -
    Within a few days I expect to complete a statement of Estate matters for the past five years - such as I made for the period before that,
    It is just seventeen years today since father died. I may not have copies made for distribution until I get home.
    We are counting very much on your coming this way and stopping with us. Whether the General comes with you or the girls we will be equally pleased. If the girls come they must bring their golf clubs. I wrote you two days ago about it. Suppose you have been waiting till your plans matured before answering.
    Maryette joins me in love to you all & is counting on seeing you.

                                                Rutherford

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rud to Emily]

Kennebunkport
Sept. 7, 1899     

Dear Emily -
    We do wish you and the girls were here these bright clear days. This is a different looking place. You really have not seen it.
    We expect to go to Mrs. Elkins Tuesday the 19th & stay there until Saturday following - then straight home. Would like to spend a day with you at Northhampton - but you know how difficult it would be to break the journey there - and get started again with our Caravan. Your visit here gave us a great deal of pleasure.

                    With love to you all
                                Rud

P.S. I sent day before yesterday a small box by mail with two pins left by the girls.

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rud to Gen. Hastings]

June 21st, 1900

My Dear General -
    I am very glad you are going with Clive to Colorado or Arizona, to see him settled in just the right place.
    Maryette & I have a sincere affection and admiration for Clive - and have sympathized most truly with him, and with you, in this trial - It brings a sad break in his life, but we may well hope that in the right climate there is still long life and happiness ahead of him.
That has been the experience of many others, and Clive’s character & temperament will be in his favor.
    I remember Uncle Birchard in his old age telling of overhearing the family physician in Vermont, when he was quite a young man, break the news to his Mother that he could not live more than a few months - because of consumption - and how he resolved to prove the Doctor mistaken. - If I remember right, he started in a favorable season, on a long horse back trip by easy stages. - Though he always had weak lungs, he lived, as you know, with care and cheerfulness to a good age, even in our Ohio climate.
    Maryette has gone to K- port [Kennebunk Port] with our two boys. I hope to follow in two or three weeks.
    Do not trouble to answer this - I know how you must be preoccupied -

                                                                         Your’s ever
                                                                                    Rud

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

Friday             
Oct. 23d 1903

Dear Emily - Your assurance that you are quite well again and getting back those 39 pounds is the best news that has come from any quarter of the globe for a long time.
    Maryette has not been very well for some time - & finally made up her mind to leave all home cares and go to Watkins N. Y. & devote herself for two or three weeks to getting real well. - Her Mother went with her - she not being very well either. They went just a week ago - are very much pleased with the place & treatment and I am sure will come home in two or three weeks from now much benefitted. The following is Maryette’s daily program which may interest you

        7:30 A.M. glass of Salubria Spring Water
        8:15         breakfast in bed
        10 " "         glass of Salubria Spring Water & Neptune brine bath on three days and electro 
                        thermal baths on alternate days. After bath glass of milk. Rest for an hour
        12 n.         Glass of Salubria Spring Water. Walk until one o’clock
        1 P.M.      Lunch - Out in sunshine until 3 P.M.
        3 P.M.     Glass of S. S. water - Massage with oil on three days - Rub with alcohol, salt
                        and vinegar on alternate days. Cup of grape juice after treatment. Rest one hour.
        5:30         Glass of S. S. water
        6:30         Dinner
        9             Glass of milk & bed time
    The surroundings are beautiful & the house well ordered & nice in every particular -

        With love to you & yours
        Rutherford

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

Bonnington Hotel          
27, Bloomsbury Square
London - Tuesday        
Sep 20th, 1904             

Dear Emily -
    As you will learn from letters which the girls are themselves writing they are hastening to join you. They are dear girls - are bearing bravely the shock of the news, [General Hastings’s death on September 18, 1904] and longing to be with you now when you need them so much.
    You know without my saying it that we are all thinking of you in your great sorrow.
    Another thing which you will know without my saying it is that the girls have added very much in every way to the pleasure of our trip - They are good company always, and good travellers [sic] - and have accommodated themselves to all exigencies - They will be a great help & comfort to you, & for this reason we are reconciled to their going..
    I will see them off at Southhampton on Saturday by the American Lines steamer Philadelphia, we left no stone unturned to get berthes [sic] on one of the steamers going tomorrow, but Saturday was the earliest possible date -
    We arrived from the Hague this morning, & an hour later your Cable message, which I suppose was sent Sunday, was handed to me at the Bank.

                        With love & sympathy                         Rutherford -

Cabled you that the girls will arrive at N.Y. Saturday, Oct 1

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

Sunday, March 4th/06

Dear Emily -
    You have made a delightful plan for Robbie & Ruddy. Unfortunately Ruddy is taking a turn at measles. We sent him to his grandmother’s under suspicion last Monday and on Wednesday morning the thing was sure and their house duly placarded. He was quite uncomfortable and suffering for a day or two but is now well past the stage of fever & discomfort. It will be some time, of course, before we get him home again.
    If nothing unforeseen prevents I expect to take Robbie on a little trip during his week of vacation, leaving home March 25th. The main object is to visit the school at Wayne, near Phila [Philadelphia] to which we expect to send him next fall, but to give added color to the trip we expect to go to Washington for a couple of days - also to N.Y.
    Maryette & I thank you and the girls for planning so delightfully for our boys and want to look forward to their going to you some other time - It will be a great event in their lives.
    I am going to send you by Laura some recent photos. Your devoted niece Emily will send hers later.
    I am so glad Laura is going to you - on her account & yours too.

                                                                    With love from us all to you all.
                                                                                   Rutherford

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

Wednesday, March 21st [1906?]

My dear Emily
    [Maryette’s section] Miss Emily Platt is the proud possessor of an exquisite porridge set. She has had the spoon in her mouth, and has tried to get the bowl in, but it was a little too large. It is really the most beautiful set we have ever seen, and the whole Platt family wish to send thanks in Emily’s name.
    The little lady is gaining each day now, and her mamma is planning to go down stairs next Sunday.
    Rob is still over at his Grandma’s; but Ruddy and Joe have come home. How glad we will all be when we are once more under the same roof. The boys still talk of the good times they might have had in Bermuda; and are looking forward to hearing all about it from Barry.
    Please tell Fanny that "The Gay Dog" was given to Joe for Christmas, and I passed it on thinking a grown up could better appreciate it.
    [RHP’s section] Maryette has left me room to sign her name and a page for myself. Your letter calling up romping days, the old well & all that, was delightful and it gave me some new material for Joe, who is glad to sit in my lap after supper if I will tell him about when I was a little boy. I hope little Emily will be as jolly a little girl and enterprising and full of go as was her Aunt Emily - and keep it up so for all the years of her life.

                                             With love
                                                    Rutherford

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

Monday         
Dec. 17, 1906

Dear Emily,
    Yours of the 9th received. I will send to your N.Y. bank, the Am. Ex. National, $800 to be deposited to your credit - will send from here not later thAn Jan. 2nd, earlier if possible.
    I hope Russell’s trouble is over, and that he is gaining now & your anxiety relieved.
    Rob comes home Saturday next. Little Emily is a dream, bright & good, but not very forward in accomplishments. The boys, Rob & Ruddy, will look forward to paying you that promised visit at some opportune time.
    With love to yourself, the dear girls, & Russell.

                                                                                            Affly. Your brother
                                                                                              Rutherford H. Platt

Original in Hayes Platt Collection Rutherford

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

Friday, Feb. 22nd, 1907
9 A.M.                

Dear Emily - I just mailed a scrap of a scrawl on my way down to the office - to say that we cannot carry out your beautiful plan as Maryette is flat on her back & will not be in condition to travel for some time. I find your letter to me here at the office, & as the N.Y. mail does not go tell near noon I will write a little more. We were anxious about Maryette for two or three days last week, but there was improvement by Sunday - and since then. While progress is slow, we have felt that she is getting on as well as we can expect. The doctor says that, in her case, the grip [grippe - an influenza-like viral disease with a fever] has affected her heart temporarily - but he confidently expects her to be as well as ever again with care and rest. Fortunately the children keep well & I am quite myself again.
    I wish you could take little Emily in your arms. She is not precocious, has no accomplishments, but is smiling and jolly - a dear bit of rosy, loveable babyhood.
    We will look forward to coming to you some day - and the boys too - but we never can come in such a family cortege. Until Emily is older she cannot go visiting. She does not like changes of milk, and her accustomed nest is the best place for her for some time to come.
    I know how beautiful your home & Bermuda climate are, especially at this time of year, & it would be good to be there with you & the girls. Thank you for thinking of it & planning so perfectly for us. With love to you all.

                                                Rutherford

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

Thursday, Feb. 28th [1907]

Dear Emily -
    Your letter by the last steamer came yesterday. I think Maryette will be about again in a few weeks - but progress is slow and it may be longer. She has a good appetite & takes her three meals a day - but has a good deal of headache.
    I hope Lucy is getting rid of her headaches.
    Little Emily has learned to blow out a candle since she failed of that accomplishment on her birthday. She does not try to creep and does not have a tooth yet, but she is able to make herself pretty well understood, though her only articulated word is Ba-Ba-Ba.
    With love to you & Lucy & Fanny

                                                                Your brother
                                                                Rutherford

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

March 14th [1907] Thursday

Dear Emily -
    Maryette is beginning to sit up - half an hour at a time - and seems to be gaining. The Robins and blue birds have appeared in the yard and we will soon have fine Spring weather and there will be no excuse for anyone being sick.
    Rob will be home in about three weeks for Easter vacation. He writes very fully about all his doings, and I think is enjoying school life.
    I will send your quarterly payment to the N.Y. Bank about April 1st: $ 800.

                                                                    With love to you & the girls
                                                                                Rutherford

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

October 16th, 1907

Dear Emily,
    Your letter of Oct. 8th received. I can’t tell you how much I would like to bring Maryette & the two younger children to Bermuda for the winter-living there neighbors to you - but that will not be the thing for Maryette this year. She needs some definite treatment and I have about decided to take her to Dr. Mayo at Rochester, Minn. for an operation on the thyroid gland. Dr. Rogers of N. Y. was of the opinion that this would be the alternative, medical treatment failing - & Dr. Wilson concurs in this opinion. They both think the case a favorable one for an operation & that we may look confidently for a cure in that way. Dr. Mayo has had large experience and much success in this operation. Maryette is quite willing to undergo it. We have not yet taken her mother into our confidence in regard to it, but I will want to fix an early date for going to Rochester, before cold weather.
    Rob has just gone back to school, leaving Monday. Ruddy’s letters show that he is getting on all right at Grotin [sic].
    With love to you & Lucy & Fanny. Little Emily is as sweet as ever.

                                                    Rutherford

Joe is at school - the Girls’ (?) School at the old Parsons homestead.

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

Thursday, Dec. 5th, 1907

Dear Emily -
    Maryette came home last evening after an absence of four weeks. She is stronger - is able to walk - has gained some in weight and looks much better. It will take some time for the symptoms to disappear - her pulse will be more rapid than is should be, but will no doubt gradually become normal again; and she still suffers from headaches. The operation was three weeks ago last Monday - Dr. Mayo said that in six weeks from that time she would be much better and in three months well.
    The operation was the removal of a small part of the thyroid gland - not very dangerous when performed by a surgeon experienced in it, as Dr. Charles Mayo is. He has had more than 800 cases of this sort. There is probably only one other surgeon in the world of equal experience in that operation, and I do not believe there is another of equal skill. The Mayos are not specialists - they perform from 15 to 20 operations of all sorts every morning of six days in the week - but I think Dr. Charles has a special reputation for this goiter operation. Maryette’s wound has healed nicely. She has a mark still nearly half way around her neck in front, at the base of the neck indicating what a wide cut it was. It was like a decapitation begun but not quite completed.
    You can imagine how thankful and happy I am, and Maryette too, that she is at home again with the prospect of complete recovery in the course of two or three months.
    Joe goes to school and is quite keen to learn. Emily is the dearest little blessing! She does not talk, but understands everything and has the sweetest little ways. She has her hair tied with a bit of pink ribbon , on top of her head, and is quite different from the boys. We have good letters from Rob & Rudy. The time is short now to their Christmas vacation & homecoming.
    With love to you & Lucy & Fanny

                                                                                        Your brother
                                                                                            Rutherford.

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

Jan. 4, 1908

Dear Emily,
    I sent yesterday a draft for $900 to your Am. E. Nat. Bank to be credited to you.
    Rob & Ruddy received their Bermuda parcels & were, you may be sure, much pleased. And Emily’s beautiful cap arrived. She will appreciate it some day.
    We are more than interested in Fanny’s news - and even though for a time she is likely to be in South Africa, which seems as far away as one of the planets, it is just right, as Fanny knows he is the right man and you & Lucy think so too.
    Rob has gone back to school & Ruddy goes next Monday. Joe is getting to be quite a lively boy; he is quite keen for learning. Emily, the little dear, don’t care to talk yet. I hope the pictures, which will show how she looks, arrived in good condition.

With love to you & the girls.

                                                                            Your brother,
                                                                                Rutherford

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

Feb. 11th / 08

Dear Emily -
    In making up my biennial account to file in Probate Court I fail to find two of your receipts. If they reached me they are mislaid. Please sign & return the enclosed.
    In haste, With love to you & the dear girls -

                                                                                             Rutherford H. Platt

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

Feb. 13, 1908

Dear Emily -
    I found today your two missing receipts, so you need not return those duplicates I sent you.
    Our two absent boys seem to be getting on well at their respective schools - and little Joe is a very wide-awake little scholar. Emily still refuses to talk - just says single words - but makes known her wants in her own way and understands everything that is said. We think she is a very winning little personality.
    Maryette is getting along cheerfully and happily - leading a very quiet life. She keeps well & has no more headache which is a great relief. Her pulse is still too fast, and the gain in strength slow.

                                            With love to you & yours
                                                        Rutherford

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

SEA CREST
KENNEBUNKPORT, MAINE

Aug. 29th/ 08

Dear Emily -
    I was glad to receive your letter of the 17th with its news of yourself and the girls.
    We have been having a good summer. Maryette has not been as strong as I wish, but she has some fairly good days, when she is able to go about some in her father’s auto. She has been well enough to enjoy home life and the children, which is better than last year. We have had visits from a number of the boys’ school friends - one after another - nice boys, all of them, and no trouble to give them a good time.
    Rob has gone away with the last one, to visit him for a week - near Providence - and Ruddy went off for a week with one of his young friends on a fine yacht. The children have all been well. I wish you could see Emily - She is very winning and sweet.
    Many times we have had saddening news, during the summer. The last was of the death of Mary Ellis. I think you will remember her. She was a great favorite and her death is a real grief not only to her immediate family but to a great many besides.
    It is possible I may take Maryette to N.Y. again this fall - but not probable. Surely you will come to Columbus if you have a little time to spare on your way to England. I think your plan for spending the winter in England is just right. Fanny deserves it.
    Maryette & I send love to you & Fanny. Your brother     Rutherford

P. S. Fanny thought you would be interested to read my Richmond paper - so I send you a copy. It is to appear in our Quarterly Bulletin & this is an advance copy printed from the Bulletin forms.

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

Sep. 5th, 1908

Dear Emily - Your letter of the 1st received. Am glad to know your plans. Our plans are a little uncertain. Maryette has occasional good days and then some that are less encouraging.
    It is possible I may take her to N.Y. again to see Dr. Rogers, before going home, leaving the children here. [Kennebunkport, Maine]
    Ruddy’s school begins the 15th and Rob’s the 23rd. I want to be home by the 25th. Will let you know what you need to make good your bank account. I hope to keep the dividends up to $900, but will have to do some figuring when I get home.
    With love to you & Fanny. Your brother

                                                        Rutherford.

In haste to catch mail.

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

May 28th/ 09

Dear Emily -
    What a smart old woman you are! If I were half as smart I would have found time to write you before this.
    You may be sure we are very much interested in Lucy’s engagement, as we were in Fanny’s - and we count on attending the three Hasting’s weddings, whenever & wherever they are appointed.
    Maryette is better than she has been for more than two years. Rob is just now in the Newport(?) Hospital with an attack of scarlet fever in mild form - which began about a week ago. The others of the children are well. Emily is a dear.
    Maryette starts with the family for K. Port about June 15th. I will go about three weeks later.
    I enclose receipts for the last two drafts sent to your N.Y. bank & doubtless duly acknowledged to you by the bank.
    With love to you & your three dear children.

                                                    Rutherford

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

Oct. 15th, 1909

Dear Emily -
    We are deeply interested in your doings and plannings and the happy times you are having and that are in prospect for you all - especially dear Lucy. You may be sure that Maryette & I would like nothing so much as to come down and be part of the important occasion and make the acquaintance of Dr. Hasfall, but Bermuda is a long way from Columbus and it is really impossible to break away for such a long trip this year. We will hope to hear all about it, and our thoughts and loving wishes will be very much with you.
    Emily is getting to be a big             girl - with winning ways. Joe goes to public school. He has just learned to ride a bicycle. We had letters form both Rob & Ruddy which show that they are both happy in their schools and doing their work. I think Rob must have missed his good friends and associates at St.         , but he has only good things to say of Hotchkiss & the life there.
    I sent your draft as usual to the Am. Ex. Nat. Bank. Will enclose receipt for that and the July payment, to be signed & returned at your convenience.

With love to you & yours,
Affly, your brother
    Rutherford

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

Sunday, Aug. 7th, 1910

Dear Emily -
    I am proud to be on your library table, in a silver frame - more distinctive than deserved. This is a beautiful, bright Sunday morning - just a breath of air from the sea, and the sound of waves - breaking up on the rocks as the tide comes in. My little family are well & happy - but the change from former summers is one that we feel - the dear Grandmother next door was a very important part of the life here. Mr. Smith preferred not to come back this season, and put his cottage at the disposal of our Rector, Mr. Reese - he with his family are very good neighbors. We are very fond of them.
    Rob is now a freshman - all examinations passed - & goes to New Haven when the term opens, near the end of September. Ruddy goes to Hotchkiss School, at Lakeville, Conn. They are both developing - dependable & nice boys to have around. Joe is learning to swim - and Emily is a dear little maiden. I do wish you could seen them all right now. We love to think of coming to Bermuda some day.
    All send love to you & Fanny & Lucy & Dr. Hasfall (?) , whom we hope to know better.

Ever with best love      
Rutherford H. Platt

P.S. Your Bank doubtless notified you of receipt of your quarterly payment a month ago - $800. I will send you a receipt to sign later.

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Emily from Rutherford]

April 17, 1914

Dear Emily:
    I think of you & Fanny on your way, and am sure you are having a most interesting time. Your letter of March 13th from Paris was duly received. I sent draft for $800 to our bank in N.Y. and have their acknowledgment of its receipt to your credit Apr. 4th. Expect to send $900 soon after July 1st. If you are a citizen of the U.S., whether resident in the U.S. or abroad, you will be subject to the income tax law - as to all your income from whatever source, not expressly exempted from the operation of the law, and the obligation of making an annual return on or before March 1st of each year would rest upon you - you would be subject to the penalties of the act for default. If you are not a citizen of the U.S. the law would apply only to your income in excess of 3000 from business carried on in the U. S. or from property owned by you in the U.S. So far as your income from the Testamentary trust under Father’s will is concerned, I am inclined to view that it is neither from business carried on in the U.S. nor from property owned by you in the U.S., within the meaning of the law - though the question is not entirely free from doubt.
    Whether or not you are a citizen of the U.S. would depend on just what Russell’s status was - and on what you may have done since his death. I am inclined to think that after his death you were in a position to choose your citizenship - as between the U.S. & Great Britain - and in the absence of any formal election or declaration perhaps what you have since done would be sufficient to indicate an election - a choice of one citizenship in preference to the other. In the absence of anything indicating such election, your status as to citizenship probably continues exactly what Russell’s was at the time of his death.
    We have had a number of postal cards from Webb on his journey of five months - the last from Tokio [sic], date March 24th and saying they expected to arrive at Spiegel Grove April 15th. They have evidently not crossed your track.
    Rob is home for a short Easter vacation, he leaves tomorrow. Rud was here a week earlier and is already back at school.
    I am making arrangements to sail from N. Y. for Bergen, Norway, July 28th - all the family going. We expect to see a little of Norway and then go to Stockholm & St. Petersburg. Rob will leave us then & go by Siberia route to Chaujsha (?), China - to arrive there before Sep. 9th. From St. Petersburg our route is not determined, but we expect to sail from Hawberg(?) or Bremen on or after Sep 12th.
    I had such a nice letter from Lucy soon after we got home last fall - & have intended writing to her. I think of her very often and hope that all goes well in the Australian home. Dorothy Hubbard is at the hospital & will probably have an operation - but not one attended with much danger.
    With love to you & Lucy & Fanny & my nephew Will (?) & dear little grand niece.

        Affly,
            Rutherford H. Platt

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

March 1st, 1915

Dear Emily,
    I return you barrister’s letter. The plan we adopted seems to best suit the situation.
    Probably you will be in New Haven when this reaches N.Y. & I know Rud will be glad to see you. He went on a motor trip Saturday with some friends to Waterbury to celebrate at the home of one of them a 21st birthday.
    We had interesting letters from Rob yesterday. One of them told of their quartet singing at an entertainment and then two of them - Rob & Scotty - engaging in an exhibition boxing match - which he said was rather strenuous. I think since then the four have put in a month of vacation by walking across country to Canton - several hundred miles away. He expects to get home about Aug. 1st & to be married early in September.

                                                                With love to you & Fanny -
                                                                        Your brother,
                                                                            Rutherford

Original in the Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

March 25, 1915

Dear Emily,
    Many things may happen before May 12th - the date you suggest for going to Bermuda - but probably nothing to add to the hazards of the trip; perhaps on the contrary, the triumph of England & her allies will be appreciably nearer & more certain by that time.
    We expect Rud home for Easter vacation the middle of next week - a short (?) vacation. Some time after he goes back I will come on to N. Y. - probably before May 1st. Maryette thinks she will not come, but she may change her mind.
    Rob’s last letter was dated Feb. 7th. It told of a trip across country to Canton, he and five of his friends are making. The month of February is vacation time there (?). They were walking 30 miles a day & having a most interesting time, though the weather was not propitious. They had 15 coolies & a house boy with them to carry two sedan chairs & their baggage, wash dishes, etc.
    Anticipating by a few days, I enclose draft of $900 & receipt to be signed & returned -

                                                     With love to you & Fanny,
                                                         Your brother,
                                                             Rutherford

Original in the Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rutherford to Emily]

Saturday, August 14th, 1915

Dear Emily -
    We are enjoying a little visit from your Fanny - she arrived this morning for breakfast, coming by night train from N.Y. - and our own family are all here. Joe came from his Boys’ camp twp weeks ago and Rud from the Students’ military camp at Plattsburg a week ago - and Rob came from his long travels a few days ahead of both Joe & Rud.
    Rob has had a most interesting year but the most important thing concerning him is that his engagement is ended - in the confidence of our family circle I can say that is a tremendous relief
        Miss.
to us all. This woman is not interested in the things that interest Rob, and is not just our kind - but         I that she had the good sense to find it out and the break came without a quarrel or unkind feeling, I think, on either side. We never had a happier summer and it adds very much to our pleasure to have Fanny here. The only regret is that her stay is to be very short. She played golf with me this morning and has gone off to a dance with Rob tonight - and Rud will be at the dance too after a dinner party with some of his young friends.
    Emily is very well and has a little Chihuahua dog which is devoted to her. We expect to be here [Kennebunkport, Maine] until the middle of September, & then motor home.
    Rud went to see the Burlington relatives from Plattsburg, and they were very good to him - I was glad to learn that one of the girls is with you.
    Maryette joins me in love to you.

                        Affly - your brother
                                    Rutherford H. Platt

Original in the Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Rud to Emily]

Monday, Sep 27th /15

Dear Emily:
    Your letter of Aug. 31st received on arriving home a few days ago. We were on the way eleven days - the whole family packed into the auto with necessary bags and wraps, and motored from K-port through the White Mountains, the Green Mountains, and the Adirondacks.
    We enjoyed seeing the Hickoks (?) at Burlington and hearing of you from Kate. Our last stop together was Saratoga - after a day there, we went to Albany and put Maryette, with Joe & Emily and Emily’s small dog on the train for Columbus. Rob & Rud and I with Harley to man the car then went on through the Catskills and through Pennsylvania over the Alleghenies, the rest of the way home. It was a fine trip - we enjoyed every bit of it. Rob & Rud after nearly a week at home, go their several ways tomorrow - Rob to the Chicago University, where he finds the best course for the line he wants to pursue - geography, in a broad modern sense, and geology - and Rud to New Haven for his sophomore year. Of course Rob’s experience was a trial & disappointment to him, but I think when the end came as it did it was a relief to his mind. I think he came to realize that Marguerite was not interested in China or the things that most interest him. Maryette went to see the Weiners promptly when she got home & had a pleasant call - and Rob & Rud are going out there this afternoon for tea - the one time that they will see the Weiners.
    We enjoyed Fanny’s little visit to Kenridge [Kennebunkport, Maine] very much indeed. Webb Hayes took lunch with us last Friday & Rud Hayes turned up the next day, spending one day with us. They are both getting pretty gray - but seem the same as ever. The latter had just left his boy William at the Wisconsin University.
    We did see Mrs. Davis, of whom you speak, and were glad to hear of you through her. I will send your draft, probably $900, to the Am. Exchange Nat. Bank in a few days.

Original in the Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid


[Maryette & Rutherford to Emily]

Monday
Nov. 19th  

Dear Emily,
    Rutherford & I were made happy this morning by the word from the steamship office that your little boat had reached Bermuda by two o’clock on Saturday! That was certainly fine and means good weather, I imagine. We have had it also in New York; and we are almost sorry to go home. I have felt much better, and so we were able to do a number of things. We went twice to the theater; "Business before Pleasure" and "Polly with A Past," but they compared most unfavorably with our Hippodrome performance. On Sunday Joe Swan sent his car for us, and took us out to Stamford for lunch - sending us back again also. Then we stopped, and had a cup of tea with Kitty Loving Brown in her charming little apartment.
    I have brought a brown dress, hat, & coat; and wished you had been here to assist.
    Now Rutherford is going to tell you the rest of the news.
    The affair of the two middle aged white haired ladies has not yet reached the final chapter - but it is progressing. We expect to know later just how it turns out - & will tell you someday.
    We have had a most enjoyable vacation - every day full of interest. Expect to be home for breakfast tomorrow morning arriving - Tuesday, Nov. 20th - nearly three weeks from the day we left.
    With love from us both to you and dear Lucy.

                                Your brother
                                    Rutherford

P.S. You will receive from Putnams the two little books which Maryette spoke of. She hopes you & Lucy will like them as much as she did.

Original in Rutherford Hayes Platt Collection

go to top of page

go to Rutherford Hayes Platt Finding Aid