Manuscripts/Mixed Material [A Small Merchant]
“This left us all without a housekeeper. My half sister was too small to do the housework. I told the Old Man we could hire a colored woman to do the cleaning and we could [bach?] and make out. We would all stay together and we would soon learn to get by, but he set about looking for another wife — a number three. Before I knew anything about it, that $300 was all gone. The Old Man had run through with it all after another red-haired woman. This is where I protested. I didn't see where he had any business with a widow woman with three kids that average a little older than his by his second wife. It looked very much to me like he was preparing to add to his trouble. I talked and tried to reason with him every way I could. Finally I saw it didn't do no good. He was determined to go ahead and marry her. I had been helping along with the family expense right much and when I found out nothing else would do any good I told him that when he married her, if he did, I would leave home and withdraw all my support.