"Belonging to us": Fr. Dzierozynski recommends Nelly as housekeeper for Fr. Lancaster, January 1843.
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Georgetown College Jan 29th 1843
Revd. and very dear Mr Lancaster
I am thankful for yours of the 21st inst tho' with unpleasant news concerning your loss of so valuable a mare with a fold. But pat! Deus dedit et deus abstulit to him be glory for all. I hope it was not intentionally done. Nobody is obliged to the restitution for it. Certainly you must have now a new horse in place of a dead. Buy it, and Fr. Vespre will be charged for a payment of it: in order that you would not go farther in debts.
As for your house keeper, I do not know what to say. It is hard thing to find good one, who would go to that part of country. Still I will try my best to inquire from our fathers who are employed about the Missions if they know of any one suiting you.
I think Nelly which formerly was with Fr. Carberry, and these four, five years in Alexandria with Fr. Dubisson and [Dietz?], and now by Fr. Young sent to Newtown, who is an excellent cook and industrious servant and house keeper and sacristan, belonging to us, would exactly your place. If you choose, you may ask her from Fr. Woodly, perhaps he will consent to give her to you – her only fault, is too long tongue; for the rest, the best servant. My best respects to Fr Lucas, I hope he got my letter of the 19th Inst. All here are saluting you. Pray and be of good health and spirits.
Respectfully yours in Xt
Francis Dzierozynski S.J.
Mr. Charles C. Lancaster
Eastern Shore of M.d.