This letter was written by Asaph when he was 28 years old to his 22 year old wife the former Ethel Alice Smith. Ethel and Asaph had been married just three years in 1898 when the letter was written.
The transcript of the letter follows
Canton, GA June 25 - 98
Dear Wife, I got the apples and note all ok. I am glad to hear you are getting long so well I guess Helen is having a time. want to walk
I am getting long very well considering. I stayed buy my self all except last night Ray Crisler stayed with me. I feal very lonesom by my self tell Hugh to com down and stay awhile with me before he goes back.
I don't know whether I can come up Sunday or not if I dont you can come home when you get ready. I am having plenty to eat and drink you know
you must take good cear of Helen and not let her get on a snake I miss her more than a little. Well there is nothing of interest ever thing is all right be good to your self and all a round you
as ever yours
W. A. Perry