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Shelburne Aug. 20 "love this a.m." I hear the fisherman say down at the door, in a vein of terrible iron. It is indeed a trifle warm but there is no day so hot here (+ it mounts above 90) that our north rooms both below + above are not perfectly comfortable. The guest room is as cool as a cellar. Your's of Monday came duly with its favorable report of the home situation. On our way to Bethel Sunday we called at the Philbrook's door + asked to speak with Annie. In reply to my questions
she said the work was very hard. 20 room or thereabouts to take care of & more besides. She had not wished Sarah ^not to make any complaint to me - & I know well that statement is likely to be correct. Philbrooks had asked for a week's notice, & I told her to say to them that she would leave the 1st Sept. She can come here & spend a week & then go to Boston & see her friends. & afterward she & Sarah can go to the house & put it in order which will occupy them till we return. I cannot afford to have Annie return worn out with summer work.
It is very dif't. with her from what it is with the girls from this part of the country - who work hard for a few weeks & then go home. Her neuralgia too is a sign of weakness. & I regret having subjected her to this ordeal. She is more willing than the rest of the world & whatever is put upon her she takes like a saint.
Miss Gibbons went away Monday A. M. She is so well pleased with this vally that she talks strenuously of buying the next place - Hubbard's.
Sarah is getting some xcellent knowledge from Eliza as to cooking. She
will go back much better furnished for the position than she came.
[written over another word: Singular] it is to read of the North in a place so near us as Plymouth in this state - Still it takes but 2 or 3 days for the intense heat to wither the just springing grass. So that all our attempts at verdure on bare places needs must be postponed till spring. Xcept in such spots the lands is a mirror of beauty & freshness.
Please give a great deal of love to Katy when you see her - Xternally the shed is finished - What remains within can wait until the crops & ploughing have had their been attended to. - You have bef. this recd. my letter saying that the talk about Sarah was all nonsense. A great relief. The gods bless you - give love to mother & household including Julia & Mrs. Brigham. We are in high feather as to health. Your loving A
Whitney, Anne and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Anne Whitney, Shelburne, New Hampshire, to Edward Whitney, Boston, Massachusetts, 1884 August 20" (1884). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 394.