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Sunday Dec 13th [In pencil in a different hand:[1896?]]
Dear Aunt Anne.
When I saw Miss Manning in Brooklyn a fortnight ago, I said I should send my own message to you before she saw you - as I had long been in your debt - but alas I failed - I came home and wrote three pages of a letter and then was interrupted - George picked it up and read
it - and objected to my "flights of fancy" and generalizations - so that spoiled that document and it went the way of all rubbish - and tonight I will confine myself entirely to facts.
Mother and I are going to Church this evening - principally to hear our choir give the "Inflamatus" from the "Stabat Mater" - we have a beautiful soprano - her voice is so lovely that she will only stay a short time
longer with us as there is no money in it - but goes on a concert tour - I shall miss George in the chancel this evening as he is the regular Sunday night preacher - but Dr. Peters had an invitation for him to preach in Brooklyn - so he has gone over there - as the Church is on Pacific St & Fourth Ave - he may have time to go farther up town & see some of the family.
I am not unmind-
ful of the fact that you promise to visit us after the Holidays and these festal times are near at hand - do not change your mind! We have the little apartment always ready for a great transformation scene - library by day - bedroom at night - and we are longing for a guest - and especially for you -
Mother has just completed one of her long continued colds - I am
very glad it is completed and not just begun. She is ready for anything. We went to the Private Manuscript Concert last night - George subscribes - and the private concerts are particularly enjoyable - a short regular program and then an impromptu one and general chatting and sociability among the musicians and members with accompaniments of light lunch - lager
and sandwiches -
I have just been running a "New England Lunch" in the Parish House - always thankful when the things are over - but something else is ready. I presume Emma is spending her energies in preparation for the large reception she gives on Friday to launch Emily into society - four years in college and four months abroad I imagine has crowded her with a good many
ideas. I want to get acquainted with the young lady and see how she has developed under all this experience.
George is pretty well now after touches of grip and malaria - I am rather stiff and somewhat plastered up - I try to take Lithia but I don't think it suits me - Miss Manning said you had a slight trouble of the same kind - I hope it has left you - We have
not heard from Belmont direct for a long time - I will write Aunt Carrie before Christmas -
The chimes are ringing sweetly - and so plain - as all the windows are open this May instead of December night -
Our fondest love to you in town and country - and do not fail to make us the holiday visit.
Pratt, Margaret Whitney and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Margaret Whitney Pratt, New York, New York, to Anne Whitney, 1896 December 13" (1896). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 1250.