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[written up left side in pencil: [Charles E. Fay]]

[postmark: TUFTS COLLEGE JUL 1 9 A M MASS 1912][postage stamp: red profile U S POSTAGE TWO CENTS, cancelled]

Miss Whitney

Shelburne

New Hampshire

[partial postmark on envelope flap: SHELBUR JU]

Tufts College, Mass.

June 30, 1912.

Dear Miss Whitney:

Mrs. Fay, who had intended to write to you this evening, but who has been detained therefrom by callers, has commissioned me, in the brief interim before the collection of our last Sunday evening mail, to communicate the essential facts in response to your recent kind letter regarding our visit to Shelburne.

We much regret that our plans still remain exceedingly vague

and the only thing that seems sure is that we shall not be able to come to your paradise so early as you assure us of the open gate-the eighth of July.

The principal reason is the status at Tamworth , where the condition of affairs (due to an imminent nervous collapse of Miss Lincoln) and the necessary changes in her household) make it desirable that we delay our arrival there beyond the date we had proposed. Again the indefinite plans of our son, who is at present in the North and arranging for a new situation make it desirable to keep our

house open for the immediate-present,though it is quite possible that New Haven will be his headquarters for the greater part of the summer. Margaret is not yet back from her visit on the Maine coast though we expect her this week and her participation is necessary in the conclave that will settle upon something definite.

We hope, however, by a week from now to be in a position to name a date for our appearing in the vally of the Androscoggin, meantime we recognize that we have no right to expect that you will hold your own plans in abeyance to our forced dilatoriness, and will accept such postponement beyond the time when we might arrive as your convenience will suggest.We hope not to forego the pleasure of meeting the other guest, who, you say will be with you about the eighth inst.

To mention a tentative date, I should say that I hardly see how we could get away before the fifteenth and perhaps not until the twentieth.

Pardon this hasty note and receive from us both the assurances of our affectionate regard and of our hope of seeing you soon in your Shelburne domain.

Yours faithfully

Charles E. Fay

Letter from Charles E. Fay, Tufts College, Massachusetts, to Anne Whitney, Shelburne, New Hampshire, 1912 June 30

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