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Letter from Martha Berry to her youngest sister and wife of Blue Diamond Coal Company president Alexander Bonnyman, Sr., Frances Berry Bonnyman. Berry reports that she is ill and asks Bonnyman to stop in Mount Berry on her way to New York. She informs Bonnyman that Bonnyman's sister-in-law, Mrs. James Bonnyman, would be welcome to stay with Isabel and Tom.

Berry reports that the Rome newspaper has published untrue reports about the donations of Clara and Henry Ford, benefactors of the college. Henry Ford refuses to refute the newspaper's claims, and the college is receiving unwanted negative attention because of the contents of the article(s).


Berry reports that there has been much illness, including flu and a measles epidemic. Two boys have died, one by electrocution. She thanks Neal for sending money, asking that she let Berry know of any deficit since she does not want Neal to lose money in the investment.

This is a thank-you letter from Mrs. John Markoe to Miss Berry for sending her a gift of lavendar. She apologizes for not thanking her sooner but explains that it was because she had been ill with the flu.

Martha Berry warns Douglass that there are still many cases of influenza at Berry and that if he and his wife would still like to visit the schools they would need to find accommodation in Rome.

Bertha Black writes to Martha Berry thanking her for the box of cotton that was sent to her. She discusses the weather and hopes that Martha Berry is well and hopes she has escaped the flu.

Mr. Holt suggests to Miss Berry that she should sign the contract with Holly Hill Grove & Fruit Co. of Davenport, Florida for 1929. He also mentions the wonderful publicity Miss Berry would receive from the Pictorial Review, as well as the flu he and his wife managed to escape. He discusses, moreover, the terrible state of his business, but he feels as if the year was his happiest and his healthiest. He continues with his memories of Teddy Roosevelt and the election of 1912, where he hopes that the "art of forgetting" will come in handy. He also sends Miss Berry a dozen copies of Rev. Shoemaker's The Religion that Counts since he is worried that the Church is moving more towards Rome as it did in England.

The Berry Schools writes to Gaylord W. Douglas saying that he should come at a later time to visit as there is currently a flu epidemic on campus right now. They wish that his visit is happy and look forward to a better time for him to visit.



Inez asks "Miss Bessie" to send a list of names Mr. Cutting recommended for Berry Trustees. Bonner writes that Berry is "pretty well and has been lovely all the time." She describes a dinner event, her health, and the weather. On Hotel Gotham stationery.

Benscot Mineral Springs notes that they have received Berry's order for lithia water but have been delayed in filling it due to men having the flu.


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