Charity Purdy Potter was born Charity Purdy Letts to Abraham Letts and Eliza Smith in approximately 1826 in New York. She was married to Allen Potter, a banker who was the first mayor of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Charity was a member of the People's Church in Kalamazoo and on the board of directors for the Ladies Library Association. Charity Potter died in 1921 and is buried in Mountain Home Cemetery.
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The letter is from Charity Potter to Emma Clarke sent on July 30th, 1909. Clarke appears to be Charity’s cousin. The letter starts with Charity telling Emma she is sorry for the loss of a close loved one, likely either Emma’s son or husband. Charity tries to give Emma advice on mourning and moving on. Later Charity describes a trip she took across the West to visit friends and family. She suggest that they meet with some other people when Emma feels up to it. Charity also mentions that...