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[written in pencil: [AW to SWW, c. Nov 1884?]]
I willingly ascribe your non-appearance today my dearest to the bitter weather - tho' mother's condition may have had something to do with it. I can but hope that your watch tonight may may not be severe - that she will sleep & you. Mrs. Fairchild who called this PM, told us the thermometer was 2°.[deletion: illegible] below 0 this A.M. It was windy too last night but I carefully shut up the house before bedtime & did not shut off the water & no harm came. To night I shall not trust it.
Should the air be as keen on Sat. I shall not go out unless I hear from you to the contrary. & now that I think of it as Mr. A'K is to be absent for some days & I can have every day to work alone I will put off going until Sunday unless [deletion: to] propitious winds tempt my barque that way earlier.
A card from Mrs. C. today says - Possibly a little improvement - by which I infer that there is no improvement at all. I begin to feel uneasy about her, but perhaps there is no occasion - as previous accts. had been very favorable.
[Written up the left side of page: All well- no accession of colds - with love to mother ever your loving A
Whitney, Anne and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Anne Whitney, to Sarah Whitney, 1884 November" (1884). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 403.