I got a reply, but I’m not sure if it was the one I wanted

I got a reply to the letter I sent out two weeks ago.  It was short and to the point, and I guess in hindsight it’s probably exactly the response I should have expected, but in another way, I know there was something ‘off’ about it.

The letter I sent was very simple and lacked any reference to my current situation – I certainly wasn’t going to send a complete stranger a letter about horrible dreams and supernatural monsters.  I told them who I was and who my grandfather was, and I said I was looking for information about him for a family genealogical study.  I said that I had gotten the name address from some his old correspondence, and I wondered if the recipient had any information about my grandfather that they would be willing to share.  

The reply was very direct and felt somewhat aggressive, if that’s possible in a letter.  It was from someone named Roger, not the person named in the original return address but seeming to know them, and is stated in no uncertain terms that I should ‘mind my own business’ and ‘leave the past where it belongs’.  He then stated that his family didn’t want any of what I was ‘selling’ and specifically said that I should burn the contact information and never attempt to contact them again. There was the not so subtle hint of an implied threat, as well.  

I can understand people being leery of strangers in this day and age, of course, but to answer a simple request for information about a family member with such hostility, it makes me think there’s more to it than simple fear of strangers.  Maybe I’m reading too much into it, maybe they were a victim of con men or something; that kind of thing happens all the time, I know.  Telling me to burn the contact information though – that’s a red flag for me lately.

I guess the address is a dead end, technically, but I feel like I got a weird kind of confirmation from it anyway.  Not that it will help me sleep any better…

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About Chad

Just a normal guy with a lot of very abnormal stuff going on.

One thought on “I got a reply, but I’m not sure if it was the one I wanted

  1. […] letter I sent several weeks ago.  Apparently ‘Roger’, the person who wrote the first reply, is the angry and overprotective grandson of William Jameson.  Mister Jameson knew my grandfather […]

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