Cassville [ Ohio]
June 10, 1884
Dr. Byers -- Kind friend
You will doubtless be surprised, but I trust will remember when I tell you that I am the mother of the little baby that yourself and Mrs. Hughes took to the home. I cannot forget what you said to me in regard to it. It is on my mind continually and I cannot feel at rest until I know that he has a home, and a father & mother to love him. I have been to see the trustee to whom I had to go in order to get the home. He tells me that my child is well and growing. The one great objection that I have to the institution is that they let people take children from there without adopting them. But even in that case they are very particular as to the kind of home.
I would like to have you write to me, if you will, and tell me if you have any home in view yet . . .
In case your answer should fall into other hands than mine, please write in such a way that no one but myself will understand it. 1
By the end of the nineteenth century, the orphanage had become one of a multiplicity of places to call home. Child-saving charities had detached home from its traditional anchorage in the biological family. Child saving, after all, originated in the conviction that many families