Letter from May-ling Soong Chiang, 1917-09-06, Shanghai, China, to Emma Mills
May-ling Soong Chiang
491 Avenue JoffreShanghai, China6 Sept. 1917Dear Emma: I am one letter late to you. ButI have been so busy. During the last2 weeks there was only one evening whenwe either did not give dinners or were notinvited out! And of course we never re-turned until after mid-night. Is thereany wonder then that I am tired?Then too we have had our newcar, & with the carriage too, weare out most the time. During one of the dinners, I metEugene Chen, - editor in chief andowner of the Peking Gazette. Pekingis too hot for him at present: there-fore Putnam [Weale] is taking hisplace there, and he is in Shanghai.He has a house on Avenue Joffrealso; but he lives much nearer townthan we do, - about 3 miles nearer.You know I told you that thisis the longest Avenue in Shanghai,and the further away from town, [page break]the more inaccessible and fashionable. Mother dislikes living so far awayfrom town: she says it is beastlyinconvenient. Her idea is thereforeto move back to our old housein Honkou. You remember, I toldyou that we have had that house for over 23 years; consequentlynow while the house is still asimposing as it used to be, - thedistrict is getting too congested forcomfort. I have been trying toget her to sell the place: theland there is the most high-pricedin Shanghai: but she was so shockedand grieved at my callousness towardsour old home that I have notdared to broach the subject again! I have to admit, though, thatshe is not happy here: this place istoo foreign and crassly modern for [page break]a conservative like my mother. And itis very far away from town, andaway from her charities where shespends a great deal of her time, energy, and money. She is very devout,and likes to be present at all herBoard meetings. I have thereforebeen trying to find a housenear town, and yet far enoughaway to have plenty of space.My sister Mrs. Kung is not going toremain in Shanghai: she returnsto the North: so there will only bemy two brothers, Dad, Mother andI. The house-hunting problem isno joke. I am so tired thatI'll have to stop now.Love,Mayling
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