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Pigeon Cove, August 31, 1902
Dear Miss Whitney & dear Adeline
Dear my friends both
Your letter received some days ago was a great pleasure; I was most glad to hear from your own hand of your satisfaction in the sea-ward home. To me this ancient ocean, ever the same & never the same, is more soothing than any other natural object; I dont know how I am to get on without it when I cannot see it from my window, & hear it at any moment of day or night, & reach it's wet brink in two minutes from the door.
I do love the everlasting tides & lift my eyes to their rejoicing - but the
sea, the sea, fits any mood & disturbs none. I want to see your eyrie too. but I dont know about it this year.
I want to tell you that the event has proved I think that the move from Jamaica Plain was for the best. I confess that I felt apprehensive at the first dark; but there were a good many reasons why H.M. was not entirely at ease there; & she engineered the whole adventure, & I only knew (by telephone) when she was just about starting from the door of the nervine! She did not wish me to know then: but Dr Fuller thought best to tell me, & I went to town to see for myself. She HM was anxious to have me return & is most desirous to keep me here - as long as possible; so I have not been up
since; & from her letters, she seems to be in a much better way, for which I am very thankful. I expect to see her again in a few days, for I am obliged to go to town on business the coming week.
I believe the change to Jamaica Plain & the life there, though it was very trying, has been of benefit; possibly it was time for another change & she was wise to insist upon making it.
The future moves will depend on her condition & mine; she is most anxious to keep me well. I do not mean to return to Mrs Macy's; & whether she will stay there permanently or not, will be for time & circumstances to settle. I can't but hope that things are going to be better for us.
All this long story you have brought upon yourselves you see: so you must forgive it. I avoid political reading
& only follow in a general way the trend of events. I wish we might have a new deal.
Do write to Helen, she is as awake to all interests as ever, & can enjoy more than at one time.
And it warms the cockles of my heart to have you talk of work again; the eternal desire & only satisfaction, never forgotten however set aside.
Dear love to you & all best hopes.
Yours as ever
I know what you thought about the sea; oh! I knew it forty ! years ago; Have you forgotten? Not I. Is it not the same 'soft tumultuousness' & how the dawn does reach over it here! I am often up to see it between 4 & 5 am.
Bartol, Elizabeth H. and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Elizabeth H. Bartol, Pigeon Cove, Massachusetts, to Anne Whitney, 1902 August 31" (1902). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 490.