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Berry describes the labor of Frances Wright Ball, who delivered her baby on January 24th, and named the child after Dr. Howard Kelly, who had helped Mrs. Ball during her pregnancy while Mr. Ball was away on business.
Martha Berry writes to her sister Frances to describe the birth of Frances Ball's son, a "fine boy" she named Howard Kelly Ball. Since no one was available to drive her to the hospital, Frances drove herself and delivered her baby four hours later.
Berry writes to her niece and great nephew in California, sharing that while she spends much time in bed, she continues to scan the New York papers for individuals who may be able to contribute to Berry.
Martha Berry, Howard's aunt, writes that she is happy to hear that he likes his school so well. She explains that she is still in the hospital but she knows that she will recover faster with his encouragement. She says that she is proud of him for going to school by himself and reminds him that when he gets discouraged to think of the postage stamp - keep on sticking and he will get there. She also gives him $2 but cautions him to use it for something worthwhile.
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.