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[printed letterhead: WOODLAND PARK HOTEL JOSEPH LEE, PROPRIETOR. [illustration of hotel building] North East View Auburndale, Mass.,]
March 26, 1892
My dear Friend
Your kind letter has reached me, and Saturday has come and alas I feel that I have no right to say I will devote any time to anything that takes me from my work
I need not tell you how deeply & profoundly touched I am, of the fact that the women of this country wish to have my face in their Temple and of your willingness to immortalize it -
Yet I feel my first call is to my own women in England and I dare not hurry the work
I am doing for them - as in the great crissis [deletion: wl] which our political situation will soon bring upon us I must be armed at all points & nothing but uninterrupted study and hours of writing will make me to be of any use to them.
I fear I shall not have finished my work till the end of next week and then the timee would be too short.
I am so anxcious to tell you how deeply I appreciate your wish that I should sit to you - and how much I regret my inability to do so.
May I say that I am most anxious to have a terra cotta reproduction of your bust of Miss Willard. Sir Edgar Bohem has
executed a vy fine head of my Father and I am very desirious to have yours as a pendant.
The man I have loved the best, next to the woman whom I admire most - and your work in my home, would be a great delight to me.
I am to see Mr. Whittier next week and am going to ask him to write a verse to place under Miss Willards bust in the [deletion: [illegible]] Temple.
Believe me dear Miss Whitney
Yr sincere friend & admirer
Somerset, Isabel and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter From Isabel Somerset, Auburndale, Massachusetts, to Anne Whitney, 1892 March 26" (1892). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 1120.