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[written in pencil at top: Bust of Mr. Chapman]
Monday evng. [in pencil: July 7- 84]
My dear Mr. C. I am just in from a day of promiscuous rambling - to Belmont & elsewhere - & I want to say that I fear it is all up between me & that head - I cannot satisfy this critic - it the work lacks reality - & there is little to ground anything else upon. I was very presumptuous
& inconsiderate to rack you with the subject Perhaps if you were standing over me I might still snatch it from chaos - but it would be too bad to task you further on a doubtful venture
Nevertheless if you are able to come up - by Thursday say - do come. Wednesday I go to Melrose to tea with Mrs. Livermore -
What xquisite days! What beauty - what bliss! I wish we were all going to the mountains tomorrow - But I hate & suffer to have my dear old mother for so long a time as 6 weeks - On many accounts I wish the mountains were next door. But then should we ever want to go?
Adeline waits to take this along to the
post box -
So many thanks for the kind letter - & the generous intentions! May i live to partially at least repay you for your manifold benefits!
Farewell - & may you be able to come Thursday -
Your - "thine alway".
Whitney, Anne and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Anne Whitney, to Maria Weston Chapman, 1884 July 1" (1884). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 609.