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Miss Anne Whitney
[postmark: [ROCKPORT MASS PIGEON COVE STA. SEP 6 4 PM 1911]]
[postage stamp: [U.S.POSTAGE TWO CENTS]]
[written vertically at left side: [Bartol Dargen's plays]]
Pigeon Cove Mass.
September 6, 1911
Dear Friend. I have had it in my heart & on the tip of my tongue to write for these past days; for I have just begun to really make my own, the beauty & the wisdom, yes & the [deletion: right eousness]righteousness of Mrs Dargan's Plays
It probably doesn't seem to you that there is any difficulty in entering the paths she opens; & indeed they lead into
great high ways. To me, it was not until I had entered with some determination that I was led on; I think the form of drama & the length of a play discourages the inexpert. But I do want to say to you, since I cannot say to her, how very fine & high & beautiful her work seems. I have not read all - by no means; & I find the volume 'Semiramis' easier for my comprehension, so far. And
Carlotta whose world history has so long been familiar the greatest of all.
I say greatest, simply because I more easily live along with it. And The 'Shepherd' is in a way the highest - touches the noblest & most Christ like note. I am no critic & I cannot pick out beauties specially so with a pen! but I am a lover & have always been, & love recognizes love - is it not so?
To entirely change the subject - You were interested enough in Mrs Dall's
continued existence to ask about her; I enclose letters received yesterday. Do not return it: I have answered it as she wishes. Poor old soul she is a legacy from my mother to me, & I can not cast her out; besides she does suffer no doubt.
With dear love always & from all of us
I forgot to say 'art' - that so much abused word - but art it is (Mrs Dargan's I mean!!) & with three capitals ART
Bartol, Elizabeth H. and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Elizabeth H. Bartol, Pigeon Cove, Massachusetts, to Anne Whitney, Shelburne, New Hampshire, 1911 September 6" (1911). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 498.