My own darling
I am distressed to think that you must go one day without a letter but it was unavoidable. A truck broke down across the car tracks on 23 St. yesterday and delayed the cars for half an hour. I finally got out and walked half a mile to the Ferry but missed the boat and my train by ten minutes. So I reached home at bedtime and very tired; so as I could not get the letter mailed anyhow I did not sit up to write it but am doing it early in the morning instead. The children got off in good shape. I found all the Harpers going to Bay Head so they took charge of the children and Madge did not go. I think th it helped the children over the crisis to have the “cute” little Harper babies to amuse them on the way. Even Nellie was more philosophical than Margaret was. But dear me! – it is lonely here without them, — not to mention you!
Your two dear letters have just come, and how good it was to get them! I am sorry Agnes is laid up but it will make you all the more completely your own master while there. I don't see why you shouldn't have the most absolute and refreshing rest while there and get lots of good out of it. These tiresome letters are the only drawback. Won't you,— to please me— let them accumulate and just once or twice while there go to a stenographer and do them all up? I dare say you could do it just over at the hotel. If you were not teased daily with them you would have nothing to worry you, — for I am doing finely and am enjoying the business. Had a real good time yesterday, but can't tell you about it now as I am expecting Mr. Thomson every minute & there are some business letters to write.
I love you, dear, devotedly, passionately,—I am altogether
Mr. Osborn's mss. has not come; shall I send it on when it does?
Invitations for Mae Thompson's mss.