Letter from Robert Emmet Gribbin to his sister Mary, March 21, 1903
March 21, 1903
Dear Sister Mary,
I received your long nice, newsy & interesting letter Wednesday dinner and you may be sure it was well appreciated. I went out last night and got a Washington picture for Miss Miles. The man I got it from showed me a platinum one too of Washington & not being able to decide which of the two I liked best I got both so you can give Miss Miles either one and keep the other for yourself. I did not forget that Tuesday was St. Patrick’s day. I could not wear my sprig of green however as it would not have been allowed.
The Irish Volunteers always go to church on St. Patricks [sic] Day in a body. I heard
their band playing The Wearing of the Green on their return from Church.
I did not know what piece it was they were playing until a Scotch boy who rooms next door told me what it was. He laughed at me about knowing it but I never had heard it. I believe that boy knows every piece of Irish & Scotch that is sung or written.
I guess as you are Pres. of W.C.T.U. you will give me a good drink of wine like a certain lady gave me Christmas. What did Mamma say to Mrs. W. about me drinking that wine?
I would be glad to see Mrs. Free and if you get a good chance I would like you to do as you proposed. I am sorry to hear the “Ebby” & “Ike” have broken up as I thought they would make it up.
Where did Mamma get her Irish potatoes from? How many is she going to plant?
I guess she got her cabbage plants from “Jeff.”
Bowman & Roy got a large box to-
day & Henry got a box a week before I got my grub so I we have not and will not perish.
You say I must be awful big. I am not a dwarf and yet not a giant but I have fairly good dimensions for one of my age. At present I am lack just the least bit of being 5 feet 8 inches high, I weigh 140 lbs., and “last but not least” I wear No. 8 shoes. I looked at two stores last night & today for underwear and the prices there for just the common underwear are more than Mamma said for me to pay. So I did not get any.
I will close now hoping you will get this alright and hoping to hear from you, Mamma & Annie.
I remain your loving brother,
- Emmet Gribbin.