Friend Mattie: -
Life is a leaf of paper white
Whereupon each one of us must write
His word or two, and then, comes night.
Though thou have time but for a line
Be that sublime
Not failure, but low aim is crime
Your little friend
Nettie Smith
Tama City, Ia
Look and see
Do not forget our sunday trips of long ago
"It is too large to be elegant"
Ginger snaps
Chelsea, Ia
Feb. 28, 1883

"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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