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Title TLS from Robert B. Davis, Davis Baking Powder, N.Y., to Belle McCrea, Pittsburgh, Pa., March 15, 1897.
Object Name Letter
Catalog Number 2013.069.0036
Collection Hoboken Manufactured Products Collection
Credit Gift of Estate of Robert Maier by sister, Michelle Maier.
Scope & Content Typed letter signed from Robert B. Davis, Davis Baking Powder, N.Y., to Belle McCrea, Pittsburgh, Pa., March 15, 1897.

Two leaves, first leaf printed letterhead, with stationery mailing envelope. Full text transcribed in notes.

Although stated as Pittsburgh, McCrea lived at 255 Sandusky St., Allegheny, Penn. as seen on the envelope.

While written in New York, Davis had his factory in Hoboken (stated on the stationery). She was ill (typhoid fever was suspected) and Davis wrote her about work she had been doing and her concern for the employment of those she was managing. It is warm and soliticious of the recipient's condition and offers advice.

The letter is useful in gleaning some insight into how the company promoted its product.
Notes Archives 2013.069.0036


Office and Salesroom,

[inkstamped notice] Removed to 90 & 92 West Broadway
New York, [inkstamped date] March 15, 1897 189_

8,10,12,14,16 & 18 Jackson Street, Hoboken, N, J.

Miss Belle McCrea,
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Dear Madam:-

Yours received, and we certainly are very, very sorry you are sick, and especially so to know the trouble is what it is. Under the most favorable circumstances it is a mistake for anyone to undertake to work and assume cares when they have a temperature much above normal. I am sorry you did not write us that there had been cases of Typhoid fever in your boarding house; I certainly would have lost no time in advising you to move and avoid getting into a similar condition. This fact satisfies me that the Dr. has diagnosed your case correctly, and there seems to me but one course to pursue, which is, to let all the help who stopped in that house go to their homes until assured by a reasonable lapse of time, and using every precaution meantime that they will not contract a similar sickness. Knowing that they have been exposed, they should do everything as a preventive that their physicians can suggest. This will relieve you of all care, and thus better enable you to battle with the trouble.

If you will allow me to suggest that I have learned from experience the value of trained nursing, which one can haye the benefit of in any good hospital,- it is half the battle, and I certainly hope your friend and neighbor will persuade you to go to a hospital, in the event this letter finds our suspicions confirmed, because your temperature has not been reduced and your fever is still raging.

You need to have proper care, and we will help you.through with your sickness. I think it would be wrong for our samplers to go from your room and visit people as we they are doing, lest we they carried the contagion with them. If your case proves a light one, and your friend, Miss Irwin, we believe, feels herself competent to take care of you, and the Dr. approves of it, I am willing it should remain so; but even though your case is light, if it really is typhoid fever, I very strongly re comment your going to a hospital where you can have the care, of a trained nurse and a skillful physician. If this finds you too sick to give the matter attention, no doubt some of your samplers will open it, and in such an event there will be money enough to take each one home, from which point they can write us, and we will send them the salary due them, thereby leaving a larger fund to meet other emergencies.

Miss Irwin can take charge of your affairs and act in accordance with this letter as best she can until we hear farther from you. We shall be anxious to hear quickly and as often as circumstances will permit.


We certainly hope that you will meet your expectations of being better on receipt of this, but even if you are better, if you still have a temperature, throw all care onto Miss Irwin and relieve your mind at once so as to have the benefit of everything favorable to your speedy recovery.

I can’t see that we can anticipate anything worse than we have, therefore will await farther information. If your illness proves but temporary there will yet be no great loss of time in suspending work until you are well able to resume. One most excellent thing in your favor is your good nerve and determination to overcome all obstacles, but don't forget that extreme prudence on your part is as essectial to you as to a person of weaker nerves and less determination. Never get out of bed with a temperature I There is always danger attending such an action.

With our very best wishes,

Yours truly,

[signed] R.B. Davis

People McCrea, Belle
Davis, R.B.
Date 1897
Year Range from 1897
Year Range to 1897
Search Terms R.B. Davis Company
Davis Baking Powder Company
Caption letter, page 1 of 2
Imagefile 248\20130690036.TIF
Classification Manufacturing
Business & Commerce