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30 Seymour Road
24 January, 1919

My dearest Dada:

Your letter received today is the first
one that has not been censored for the last six months.
I am wondering whether there is going to be an end of

You rendered me an account of what I owed
you: but since your letter was written I sent you
another check for fifteen or twenty dollars. Have
you received that? Please consider my sister's
account and mine as one, and on that basis do
I owe you any more money; and if so how
much, please?

Grandad's picture came yesterday, and I
am so pleased with it. He is grinning at me
most merrily from my mantlepiece. The
pictures you sent also came yesterday with
all the magazines you ordered for me. I
do feel so happy! The pictures of you are lovely,
and very lovely! but Dada dear, why did
you not curl your hair and wear a corset?
You would have been beautiful if you had!
But as you were, you were very good looking, [page break]
for I would not dare to apply the insipid adject-
ive "pretty" to you. Mr. Workman looks very
jolly & interesting. As I wrote you, I should be
glad to get a more detailed description of him,
for I am very much interested in him.

We are getting ready for Chinese New Year now.
Mr. Kung, my brother-in-law, is coming to Shanghai on
business & will be here during New Year season.
Mother and I have been doing a great deal of shopping,
and I have had a busy time settling the year's
accounts. It is the custom to settle all out-
standing accounts before the new year begins. I
have bought a beautiful German piano, ["Dusiloff"]
as a few months ago, our piano was given to
one of my little cousins as I felt I was not doing
enough practice to get any real good out of it.
Now I feel the lack of music very much,
and since a German family I know is
moving out of town & wants to sell their
piano, I think it is a good chance to
buy it. The tone is beautiful, mellow, sweet
yet full of resonance. I know I shall enjoy
it. I am going to put it in my room, as I am
tired of the "boudoir" effect and I want to turn [page break]
the room into a studio instead. I am so glad I
am getting the piano for it is a beautiful

The silver we ordered from America has
come. You ought see all the beautiful things:
knives, forks, spoons etc. for every sort of
food imaginable. We have not clustered
them yet: but will do so next week. I have
also bought some silver plates, jars, cutglass
etc. in Shanghai.

I am busy, but happy as I can be be-
cause everything is getting on well. All our
business affairs are in good shape, and this
year there has been no losses. And we are
all in good health. I have done a little
private investing, and it has turned out

After the Chinese New Year comes, I
shall be in lighter mourning, and shall go out
again. And perhaps if Mother is willing, there
will be some changes in my life. But I am not
making any plans because I think it is best
to let things take their own course. My [page break]
Mother is getting much more cheerful than she has
been since Dad died.

Lately I have been reading Burns' "Morality
of Nations." Have you read it? It is well written,
cleverly phrased and has a deal of truth in
its Eternal Conception. I've found tho that
just keeping up with the magazines you
ordered keeps me busy.

My sister in Shansi sent us some beau-
tiful old brass of the Ming dynasty. Huge
incense urns etc.

I hope that the new Chinese year will
bring you luck & happiness. I think I
have or shall have attained them soon,
for I believe I am finding the key to
happiness. What do you think it is?