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Howlett (George P.) correspondence
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A collection of fourteen (14) letters from George Howlett (1853-1907) to his wife Adeline Martha (1859-?) while he was staying at The Fenton Hotel, Mt. Clemens, Michigan, in February, 1902. Howlett visited the Clementine Bath House there for a series of hot baths as treatment for rheumatism. The letters include information on the baths and personal notes as well as local weather, social activities and references. Many letters discuss his walking in the afternoon and the daily activities at the hotel. The first letter, which lacks its first sheet, describes the bathing process and assistance by attendants. Howlett describes feeling "lame" when he arrives and begins treatment for his rheumatism. The weather outside was very cold, dipping as low as zero degrees at night, contrasting with the 110 degree F. temperature of the baths. One letter (February 9) includes a printed, extensive daily menu for the Fenton, marked with Howlett's selections. By February 17th, Fenton has had his 18th therapeutic bath. The final letter (February 19) does not indicate if he continued treatment or went home.
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