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Martha Berry's very personal letter to Kate Macy Ladd includes references to Ladd's husband, Walter Graeme Ladd, and her nurse-companion, Alice Lemley, as well as to Berry's mother and childhood nurse.

Martha Berry expresses appreciation to John Harvey Kellogg (transposing his initials in the address) for his invitation to the Battle Creek Sanitarium.

Members of the Berry Alumni Association send regards and hopes for a speedy recovery to Martha Berry, who was unable to attend the association's annual banquet.

Berry is pleased that her nephew Howard Ball is back in school and implores him to stay until Christmas, at least. She advises him that nothing in life will be as meaningful as studying hard and says she would enjoy a letter from him. She advises him to take care of his health and reports on her own poor health.


Berry, writing from the hospital, shares her concern about Freeman and sends her $2.00 to get help from Estelle three days a week, indicating that it would please Berry so much. She says, "it would just kill me for anything to happen to you."


Martha Berry implores her nephew Howard Ball to stay in school, telling him that she prays night and day that he will do so. She reports being "still in bed, flat on my back" and therefore unable to come to California to be with him.


Martha Berry writes Mrs. Hansen about her great skill in letter writing. She also encourages her to visit Jennie and ask about what she thought about Mildred and Tom. She says that Mildred came to visit her and that Frances comes every Sunday. She gives an update about Howard, who is in school in Pennsylvania. Berry asks Mrs. Hansen to go visit Howard and invite him to her home, but not to let Frances know. Berry wants Howard to stay in school very much and asks Mrs. Hansen for an update on how he's doing. She writes about her health condition, the construction on the hospital and the special gifts received for her birthday. She sends her love to Raymond and Little Ray and encloses a dollar for him.

Hammond, writing from the school during a visit of the Pilgrims, stresses the power of prayer and encourages Berry to stand by her own motto, "prayer changes things." God still has work for Berry to do and will give Berry the strength to do it. Hammond writes that Berry should claim health as her birthright so that when Hammond visits in April 1942 she will find Berry full of vigor. Hammond writes that her heart is overflowing with gratitude for the visit and the inspiration of looking into Berry's face.

Frances Long Harper writes that she has had no success in finding someone to help care for Martha Berry's mother other than Mary Pitts, an African American practical nurse whose price she finds too high. She reminds Berry of a promised letter about the Hearn School and Baptist Church property, which she asks Berry to write immediately and send to the Georgia Baptist Convention's Christian Index.

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