I certainly owe you a very humble apology. I ought at once to have told you that my plan for going to St. Augustine miscarried. I found that the big hotels there were not open, and moreover I was getting no vacation at all, but only running into new engagements. I therefore came home as straight as I could come. I hope that you will forgive me for not writing sooner. The trouble is that I found so many thinhgs waiting for me here that I became at once absorbed.
Your letters reforwarded to me from St. Augustine have reached me and I am going to give them my very careful attention. Two other notes have also reached me here. I am just about to go off to Baltimore but shall digest them on the way and let you hear from me at the end of the week. I sincerely hope it will be possible for me to meet the wishes of the Messrs. Bryan by going to Richmond.
I do not know what any reason why you should not publisjh tjhe letter I wrote you and which you showed Mr. Bryan, but if you think that is could hbe put in better form for publication, pray send it to me with such suggestions as may occur to you and I will be glad to put it in shape.
In haste, with warm affection and renewed apologies,