Alas, my dear Heath, the pressure of business and of imperative duty has proved too much for me. It would be literally unconscientious for me to do more than the maximum I have promised to do in Staunton. I feel that we ought to get there on a short a schedule as possible and to get back to my duty.
It is a genuine disappointment to me. There is nobody I would rather stop and see than yourself, and this is partly to beg that you will try to be on hand in Staunton so that I may see you there. We go by train which rreaches there, I believe, about 8 o'clock in the evening, leaving New York at about 9:30 on Friday morning the twenty-seventh.
In haste, and deep disappointment,