Your two dear letters came this morning and I cannot tell you how good it was to get them. No doubt they arrived in due time yet somehow it seems to me weeks since you left! They were such satisfactory letters too! it is delightful to know that you enjoyed the Ann Arbour visit so much, and that the lecture went off so well. In short the letters have been a real tonic to me, dear love!
All is going well here; Stockton got off this morning in rather good shape, declaring positively that he meant to be quite rid of his trouble in another week. He is certainly making a splendid fight,– poor, dear fellow. It has been a glorious day and that has helped me not a little to be cheerful and hopeful. I have been extremely busy too picking up loose ends as regards the spring sewing,– for of course I have had to let May go on as best she could for the past week. So you see everything is very peaceful and normal again and you have nothing to worry about as regards me, dear heart. Mr. and Mrs. Hibben have both been in to see me today and Miss Ricketts made a long visit,–almost spent the morning,– and I have been out myself too. So you see I have not been too busy after all! But the result of these various diversions was that I have had to spend the evening writing business letters and have so much less time for my dear.
By-the-way, did you pay Mr. Phillips for the deer's head? She was calling yesterday and told me that it was done, so I should not like to delay much longer paying for the “skin.”
I love you sweetheart–ah how I love you! You are doing everything for me, dear; absence makes, I cannot of course say no difference, for there is magic in the warm touch,– but no essential difference in that.