Identifier

MSS.2.77

Publication Date

5-25-1921

Document Type

Letter

Transcription

30 Seymour Road,
Shanghai,
25 May, 1921

Dearest Dada:

I arrived home
three days ago from Hong-
Kong, and still feel greatly
dazed, as though I were
still in a dream. When I
came home, I found
a mountain load of letters
awaiting me, as my mail
was not forwarded as [page break]
Mother expected me home any moment.
You know, she telegraphed me three
times to come home, and probably
I would not be home now were
it not for the fact that my
brother went down South, and
literally dragged me home.

I found your letters which
I opened first of all. So glad
to hear from you again! Almost
like seeing you. By the way, I
surely do appreciate your sending
me Wells' Outline of History, for
I read the excellent review in
the "Nation", and I just had the
Chance to catch a glimpse of
the book itself when I was in
Canton as my brother-in-law
received a copy a few days before
I left. When I went to the Post [page break]
Office to get my copy, however, the
P. Master told me that they had
returned it to the sender as they
sent me a notice, and I never
went to get it. The truth is I
never received the notice, perhaps
because the servant mislaid it
while I was in Canton. Anyway,
I am so awfully disappointed
for that is the one book I wanted
to read. Do you suppose, Dada, [page break]
you would send the book to
me again? You see, I do
wish I had it!

I wrote a letter of introd-
uction to you for a very
good friend of mine, a
Mr. [Birmeil]. I want to tell
you a secret, -- I like
him tremendously, and he
does me too. I only met
him the night before I sailed
from Hong Kong at a friend's
house, and altho we were
on board ship together only [page break]
three days, we became very good
friends. The day we arrived in
Shanghai was his birthday; and
so in spite of the fact that I
had been away from home these
months, I spent the day with him
as the boat sailed that afternoon.
We had a beautiful time together,
and I am so glad I was so rash
for once in my life. Needless
to say, the family was furious
with me, and was scandalized
especially as ever since I came
home, I have been wrapped
tight in cotton-wool chaperonage.
They were also furious because
he is a foreigner. They literally
accused me of "picking" him up
on board ship which of course
is not true. Since he left
Saturday afternoon, I have received
two wireless messages from him [page break]
saying how much he misses me. The
family tried to keep the wireless
away from me, but did not
succeed. He will return in six
months' time as he is only away
on a business trip.

I like him awfully well,
in some ways better than any
man I ever met, and perhaps
better than the man whom I
may be engaged to in the near [page break]
future. He has certain
qualities which are ex-
ceedingly rare anywhere;
but in all probability on
my part the affair will
not go further than friend-
ship. In a way, I am
glad he is not here, for
I do not know how his
presence might affect me.
And you know our family
is so conservative and
puffed up with family
pride over keeping [page break]
"pure" the family blood that they
would rather see me dead than
marry a foreigner. Ordinarily I
would too! -- but---

Now I am thinking seriously
of accepting another man.
I like him; he is one of the
most brilliant younger men;
has excellent family, morals,
education etc. But I am still
debating the question. You
know lots of time, one may
be reasonably convinced and
yet not emotionally convinced
about a certain course of action
as being advisable. See?
But do not tell any one, please,
because I have to work this
out myself. In the meanwhile
when Mr. [Birmeil] comes to call, [page break]
be awfully nice to him; but do
not let on that I have told
you anything at all. I asked
him to bring you something, but
forgot to give it to him at the
last moment. Shall send it by
the next person who is coming
to America. Love,

Daughter

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