Friend Mattie!
As you journey along
through life, dark clouds may gather oer your
pathway. And everything seem dismal and
dreary, But still be cheerful and always
remember there has never been a day so
dark but tho Sun has shown again.
Truly your Friend
Jas. H. Mercer
March 26th 1884

"From the autograph album of Martha M. "Mattie" Roach of Chelsea, daughter of Fred and Eliza J. (Hutchins) Roach. She married Samuel T. May in Toledo, Tama County, in 1891."

Submitted by: Bob Hutchins

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