The following exerpts are from letters actually received at the Salt Lake County Welfare:

  1. I cannot get sick pay. I have six children. Can you tell me why?
  2. This is my eighth child. What are you going to do about it?
  3. Mrs. Brown had no clothing for a year and has been visited by the Clergy.
  4. I am forwarding my marriage certificate and three children, one of which is a mistake, as you can see.
  5. I am happy to say that my husband, who was reported missing, now is dead.
  6. I am forwarding my marriage certificate and six children. I have seven, but one died, which has been baptised on half a piece of paper.
  7. I am writing to say that my baby was born two years old. When do I get my money?
  8. Please find for certain if my husband is dead. The man I am living with can't eat or anything until he knows.
  9. I am very much annoyed to find you have branded my boy as illiterate. This is a dirty lie, as I was married a week before he was born.
  10. In answer to your letter, I have given birth to a boy weighing ten pounds. I hope this is satisfactory.
  11. Unless I get my husband very soon, I will be forced to live an immortal life.
  12. You have changed my boy to a girl. Will this make a difference?
  13. Please send my money at once, as I have fallen into error with my landlord.
  14. I have no children yet. My husband is a bus driver and works all day and night.
  15. In accordance with your instructions, I have given birth to twins in the enclosed envelope.
  16. I want my money as quick as I can get it. I have been in bed with my doctor for two weeks and he doesn't seem to be doing much good. If things don't improve, I will have to get another doctor.
  17. Please send my wife's form to fill out.
  18. I have already wrote to the President and I don't hear from you. I will write to Uncle Sam and tell him about you both.