Aunt Annie and Annie and the baby are to have the long expected joy of seeing you & Frank tomorrow, but not I. Cousin Lucy has broken down completely, has had a nervous collapse. She has been on her back for four or five days with the exeption of a few minutes in her chair yesterday. The doctor says that she can do down to Washingtonday after tomorrow Tonight, dear you can well see that I must stay with her. I coud not look Father in the face if I deserted my post and my post is by the sick ones entrusted to my care. We are going to take Elizabeth with us to help I me hold her up, for she can hardly walk. Also Elizabeth, being partly trained as a nurse will be able to help us efficiently if Cousin Lucy faints. We have had a terrifying time with dear Little Cousin Lucy but she is much better now.
I am simply broken hearted over not seeing you but I am promising myself a visit with you later. Oh you dear I long to see you, and I am so deeply disappointed. I feel sick at heart!Cousin Mary is almost well though nervously she has had a set back caused by Cousin Lucy's illness. It is not a serious set back however and now that Cousin Lucy is so much better she is mending too. Poor dears, they have had such a hard summer.
Well my darling beautiful Sister I cannot possibly express my disappointment. When I see the others go off tomorrow, I shall feel very sad. Oh dear! oh dear!I shall certainly see you later anyhow.
With deepest most devoted love