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Anna W. Hollenback would like to help the Berry Schools by selling some of the items that the students have made. However, with the Great Depression, it is difficult to find people to buy them. Hollenback also says she is glad Martha Berry's eyes have improved.
This document is very informal; almost intimate. Currently, business letters are more to the point, and almost cold with no personality. In this letter, the author, Guyon Miller, goes into detail about his struggling business, the Downingtown Manufacturing Company. Miller goes as far to call the year 1930 "disastrous" for his business, and gives a bleak feeling about its future. He also uses the word "herewith" which is rarely heard anymore. If we did not have a date with this document, the use of "herewith" tells us the letter is from a much later date. Throughout the letter, Miller does show compassion and regret for what he feels is a small amount to donate to Berry. Miller ends the letter by saying, "Hoping that this small amount will be of some help, I beg to remain yours very truly." Again, his wording shows emotion and gives this letter more feeling from the author. He is actually begging Berry to think of him as "yours very truly." Through Miller's words, he displays regret and compassion: regret that he cannot give her more, and mercy to be on good terms with Berry. Intimacy and candidness can be seen throughout the whole letter, especially with its ending.
M. Emma Mehard writes to Martha Berry about the poor situation facing much of the country. She hopes that the nation will reconnect to God. She sends a $50 donation to help a worthy child.
Martha Berry thanks Mrs. Meade for her donation, as Berry is behind in expenses and unable to meet teachers' salaries.
Advertisement trying to get chauffeurs hired in exchange for free garage serve until June 1931.
Erwin A. Holt writes to Martha Berry to donate $300 to The Berry Schools for his annual Armistice Day thank offering. He says he and his wife had a nice trip to New York, Princeton, Atlantic City, and Washington. He tells her about the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Holly Hill Fruit Product company named D.H. McConnell; that he is a philanthropist, conservative, highly successful, and "a man of highest business integrity". He says that he and his wife hope to visit the orange groves soon, and also that they met the director of the Congressional Library, Dr. Herman Henry Bernard Meyer. Finally, he says that his business is suffering badly from the depression. He also requests the latest issues of the Highlander.
Letter to Anna W. Hollenback from Martha Berry thanking her for her gift at their most dire time of need at the Berry Schools. She informs Miss Hollenback that she was abroad this summer, not at Nauheim but at Carlsbad, where she took the cure but that once she returned to the schools the stress of the situation has made her quite ill again. She blames the drought as well as the depression for the greater needs of the schools as well as the difficulty to raise any money in the economic situation.
Mary MacArthur understands the pain of fundraising because of the drought and the economic conditions facing the country and sends a donation of $25 to the schools.
Helen Fotheringham sends a $2.00 donation to Martha Berry and expresses her hope that conditions will soon improve.
Letter to Martha Berry from Anna Bogue, the secretary of Mrs. Leonard Elmhirst, concerning Miss Berry's inquiry for financial support and donations. Miss Bogue informs Miss Berry that due to the financial depression that she cannot help her this year. However, she states that in Mrs. Elmhirst's absence she has instated a committee to make decisions for her and that if Miss Berry can send a financial statement or any other data on the Berry Schools that she can give to the committee. She informs Miss Berry that she will put this proposal to the committee after Christmas and see Mrs. Elmhirst's reaction to her proposal.
This is a letter from Martha Berry to Mrs. E. K. Dwight thanking her for her donation to the college. She also mentions how she is hoping to afford to keep all the students at the school and not have to send any of them home.
Mrs. Carpenter sent this note remarking on "the business depression" written on the bottom of a fundraising appeal. She says it has affected their family welfare work in Minneapolis but that a "cheque" is enclosed.