The Ship Masters' Charity
The following notes show that the avails of the recent charity ball of the Ship-masters, have carried joy and comfort to desolate hearts: To the Ship Masters' Association of Oswego: - In returning my thanks to you for the kind consideration handed to me by the hands of Capt. L. Pavy and J. G. Richardson, I do it with emotions which my ability and pen refuse to describe. But aside from the consideration received, I assure the Ship-masters' Association that it gave me the greatest pleasure to think, in my lonely situation, that I was not forgotten by them; and it will remain impressed on the memory as one of the noble acts characteristic of the class of men of whom my husband was once among the number. Hoping your wives and children will long be protected by you, I subscribe myself, Yours, &c. ,
Oswego, Feb. 27, 1854
Captains L. Pavy and J. G. Richardson: - You will please tender to the Ship-masters of Oswego my thanks for the pecuniary aid so liberally presented to me, and I wish to assure you that I appreciate the donation with feelings of humility. - But such is my lot, as a sailor's unfortunate widow, I thought it my duty to accept, aside from any feelings I may have of my own, for the benefit of my children, whom I assure you, I am hardly able to provide the bare necessaries of life for; and your donation coming as it did at a time when the scarcity of the winter is in full force, none can tell the magnitude of its benefits to them and mine. With feelings of the profoundest respect, I remain.
Oswego, Feb. 17, 1854