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[postmark: BOSTON MAY 3 10-PM 19 08 MASS. FENWAY STATION] [postage stamp: red UNITED STATES OF AMERICA POSTAGE 2 cents, cancelled]
Mrs. Fredrick Peterson
4 West 50th St.
New York City
[in pencil: 8 [May 3, 1908]]
Dear Mrs. Peterson.
I said I would write to you from the Berkshire hills - a daring promise! but it was only to to say when we should start for the hills - which I could not then determine. It is now settled, so far as it can be - barring unforeseen impediment - that we leave town about the 23 - I want to go earlier but fear I cannot. Winsor Vt. looks to be an easy
drive to my place, but I know not. You may not be so fond of drinking "the wind of your own speed" as some of the mobilists about Boston & so may find it long - But slow or fast - it is certain that latent possibilities lie in that direction & I shall be on the look out for you from my visioned mount. Your suggestions of a return with you to your place is very alluring, - but I ought to say - tho I think I have said - that
I am apt to take the privilege of my years with both hands & am all the more grateful to the blessed souls who do not count their favours. but return full measures for emptiness - They do come & give of their riches with a [deletion: fare]free hand, tho I [deletion: seem] am reasonably slow to ask it knowing what it means. After the 10th. of June the debris of sundry changes lately made at my place will have been cleared away & I shall be in readiness
to welcome you & when you have once come to the lofty land I trust that you will not want to leave it in haste. But we must leave arrangement to the time now fast approaching. It is time to stay my hand - I am still under medical direction & write or read but little.
To Dr Peterson please give ever kind regards & believe that I look forward with great pleasure to meeting you this summer -
A. W [scribble]
Boston Charles gate May 3.
Whitney, Anne and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Anne Whitney, Boston, Massachusetts, to Antoinette Rotan Peterson, New York, New York, 1908 May 3" (1908). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 1015.