It's very tantalizing to know you are right there in Philadelphia, only three hours' ride away; and I cant see you! And I am afraid I can't reasonably suggest going up within the next week, as Margie is to go to-morrow. And I wish so I could be there, helping with the last sewing.
I know, though, that you couldn't be with sweeter or more helpful people than Cousin Annie and little A, and they sew far better than I.Margie said your little room was so sweet and that you seemed as cozily tucked away in Cousin Annie's home as any one could possibly desire. It all sounds very “comfy.”Have I written you about Ellen? I haven't seen her except at a distance for four days, as I have had a bad cold and haven't dared go near her; but she seems to be getting along famously. She weighs twenty-one and a half pounds, and has seven teeth. By how much does Francis beat that? I think she's a wonder for ten months! She is getting used to us, but doesn't really like any of us. She's a timid little thing, but a sweet lamb and very good! I was amused by a remarkMrs. Marshall made the other day—Maitland's mother—“She looks like Mr. McAdoo and yet is really a very pretty baby.” Wouldn't Nell foam at the mouth if she could hear that! She does look a lot like the McAdoo boys; as yet I can't see Nell in her at all, though now and then I see Francis.
I've never had any word from Titus about the bookcase. He's not a rapid gentleman.
I have been trying for two letters now, to remember to tell you of something I know will touch you deeply. In “Bartlett's Quotations” not long ago I found this quotation marked:
If to her share some female errors fall,
Look on her face, and you'll for-get them all
Lots of love, dear, to you and the Howes, from