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Re: John Franklin Waldo
Posted by: Cheri Spitzer (ID *****8411) Date: January 06, 2007 at 14:30:11
In Reply to: John Franklin Waldo by Jay Williams of 710

I have a copy of some letters that were written by J. Frank to his nephew, C.W Meadows. I believe my mom got the information she had on J. Franklin Waldo from a cousin of hers, Don Meadows, who lives in California who is a son of C.W. Meadows.

I am related to the Waldos through J. Frank's oldest brother, Royal Newcomb Waldo (I am his great-great grandaugher).

Would love to correspond and share information,

Cheri Spitzer

Letter from Aunt C. (Celinda, J. Frank’s second wife) to their nephew, Charles Waldo Meadows:
1020 Lincoln St.
Los Angeles, CA
March 1917

…Uncle expects and wishes you to “blue pencil” wherever your judgment dictates. He complied these thoughts “in rhyme” as a pastime, during his weeks of blindness, sad indeed to remember – but he found comfort and much pleasure in the composition…He entered the Good Samaritan hospital last Monday – operation performed on Right Eye the following day – Tues. the 20th visit. Dr. says all is well so far – operation quite successful. He is to remain there until about April 2nd, a two week stay. Hope you can run up sometime next month. By that time we anticipate his eye will be well again. Our best love to you and yours, -- Aunt C.


Letter from J. Frank to his nephew, Charles Waldo Meadows as dictated to his wife, Celinda:

1020 Lincoln St.
Los Angeles, CA
[Date not known]

Our Dear Nephew Charlie,
I have written this Poem [“Prayer and Praise”] according to our last talk, when you were here. While it may seem longer that what we anticipated, I found my greatest trouble in cutting it short, as there were so many things I wished to incorporate. I have tried to make every line of it something from which a sermon might be preached, if it’s meaning be understood. I will give two instances to which I wish to call your attention. The first is the second line of the seventh verse. I mean the “God” that is in the seed and tree. We will pass over the astronomical points, which every scholar will understand to the next to the last line in the poem, which I consider the strongest line in the production, as no man living can go the depth of either of the words – for example – Force is beyond human comprehension, as applied to Nature. The same can be said of Form and Place. In regard to illustrations, I only suggest that you might use Artistic initial letters – and words the most expressive, in Color – otherwise we leave the arrangement of card entirely to your excellent taste. Most Sincerely, Uncle Frank.

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