Identifier

MSS.2.38

Publication Date

8-15-1918

Document Type

Letter

Transcription

491 Avenue Joffre
15 August, 1918

Dearest Dada:

You certainly have been on some
spices lately: Every one of your letters shows
you in such high spirits over being a
farmerette or rather because of your
occasional relapse into a New Yorker that
I am most envious of you. If you are
having as hot weather as we are
though, I cannot very well see how
you possibly could work in the fields.

My family are most anxious to
have me go off to [Wokansan] for
part of the summer anyhow with some
friends. It would no doubt appeal to
you, for part of the journey must be
made on a houseboat. For that very
reason, i.e. house-boat part of the
journey, however, I am most un- [page break]
enthusiastic. I do so hate a house-boat trip
under this broiling sun. Of course after one
gets to [Wokansan], though, it would be
ideal - But however, the getting there and
back. At first I was quite keen on the
idea of going off: but now the hotter the
weather becomes, the more do I shrink
from getting ready to go off. I have not de-
cided whether I am going or not.

In my last letter, I wrote you that two of
my cousins are coming to America. I
sent you some white handwoven Chinese
linen, and some lace for collars and cuffs.
There is nothing as wonderfully cool as this
linen for shirtwaists, and I think you can
get a couple of them out of the material.
By the way, my waists shrank so from the
first washing that I thought it best to
shrink the material for you, and as the bright
idea did not occur to me until the very
last moment, I didn't even have time
to iron out the material. You will there-
fore please excuse this hastiness on my
part.

I received such a nice sweet letter
from Annie K. The poor dear seems dread-
fully tired though. If you are in N.Y.
again this summer, I wish you would
look her up at Columbia. She was [looking] [page break]
to me at college in spite of the fact that she
could not quite make out whether I was
a fool or only damn lazy. A little of both,
don't you think?

By the way, by the same mail, I am sending
you an article I wrote for the China Uni-
versity Club. It made quite a bit as the
Shanghai Gazette copied it, and as it was
the only article in the whole lot that
was copied. At present I am deliberating
over some articles in the nature of social
reforms for certain of the evils in Shanghai.
I wish you were here to help me sort out
the essentials from the rest of my thoughts.
I am also deliberating on writing on "American [page break]
women as College Students." You see,
I think I ought to do best in matters
I know first handed. It is easier
for me to write narratives than
formal articles, and for this reason,
I am starting a course in Wellesley
for my sole benefit. I want to get
the swing and rhythm of Analytical
Writing.

I wish you were here to help
me get started. I feel so brimful
of ideas: not withstanding the
fact that I am so awkward
in expression.

With love -
Daughter

Address me to 30 Seymour Road
Shanghai

I haven't moved yet: but Mother [page break]
has, so the mail will be safe
there. By the way, please continue
the subscription of the following
magazines for me.

1. Sat. Eve. Post
2. Ladies Home Journal
3. The Lit. Digest
4. Scribner's
5. Atlantic

And please get me the following
new ones.

1. Harper's ([monthly] not Bazaar)
2. Woman's Home Companion

And when the New Republic runs
out, please also continue that.
Please tell me how much the
whole bill will amount to: and
I'll remit by return mail.

Daughter

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