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The Power of Words

Handwritten letter from Helen Keller, circa 1887

Note that the full text of the letter is transcribed below. Handwritten letter from Helen Keller to Mr. Goodnow, circa 1887.

Helen will write for Mr Goodnow.

Baby is glad to go to ride. Baby will clap little hands. Helen and Mildred will go in cars to see Grandma. Helen and baby will have fun. Mildred wear pretty new cap and Helen will nice white dress. The sun does make flowers and birds grow. Mother will give baby sweet heliotrope. Helen will take Grandma a large bouquet. Mildred can smell sweet flowers but must not tear flowers. Helen will take Nancy to see the doctor. The doll is sick. Doctor will give doll medicine in a little cup. Helen will not give doll sugar. Sugar will not make Nancy well.

Good-by

Helen Keller

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