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[postmark: BOSTON AUG 22 2-AM 19 13 MASS. BOSTON CIRCUIT R.P.O.] [postage stamp: red U.S.POSTAGE 2 CENTS]

Miss Whitney

The Knoll

Shelburne

N.H.

Tufts College, Mass.

August 21. 1913.

Dear Miss Whitney:

This first epistle upon our arrival home shall be to you, not so much to announce the momentous fact of our safe homecoming as to send you once again our message of thanks for all the enjoyment you gave us during our stay in Shelburne, to which now may be appended an additional installment for turning over to your expressman that happy-unhappy suit-case (who or what would not count it a pleasure to be left behind at the Whitney farm!) which we found awaiting us here.

Though it contained nearly all the articles of raiment on which I depended for seemly appearance and comfort - especially if the weather turned cold - having to dispense with it did not prevent a very enjoyable stay at Eggemoggin, as friends there supplied certain indispensable things and the skies were most kind.

Was it because we left Shelburne on a Friday that everything went agley with our belongings! Our trunk was duly checked to [deletion: the] Rockland, Me. where one takes a smaller boat for more easterly destinations. It was to be transferred to the charge of the Maine Central R.R. at Yarmouth Junction, which Mrs. Fay & I

should keep on the Grand Trunk to Portland, to call on our friends there. I saw the trunk resting upon a truck at this point of transfer as our train continued on its way, and consequently counted confidently on finding it at Rockland on our arrival there that evening. To my amazement it had not be taken on either by our train in passing Yarmouth Junction nor by one that had preceded ours, though we learned that the baggage man of our train had been informed that a small steamer trunk was there checked for Rockland! We were assured that it would doubtless be sent on a train due to arrive in the early morning, in time to reach our boat at 5.15 A.M. It did not however; but we received it at Eggemoggin twenty-four hours after our arrival. We had put in at that harbor with Mrs. Fay's small hand-bags and our respective umbrellas, plus a small bunch of sine qua non that I had purchased en route.

But such petty annoyances are negligible in the sea of pleasant recollections of the past fortnight. (If I use this Shakespearian metaphor, it is because my yesterday included a fine sail with a lady skipper - Margaret's friend, Bella Knight - and a dip in the cool brine.)

We found Margaret well and happy in command here. She sends her love to you. Mrs. Fay betook herself almost immediately to Wilmington for a short call; but sunset brought the expected telephone message that she "had decided to spend the night". She knew I would be writing to you and charged me to send an affectionate message from her. - We earnestly hope you are finding relief from your [breathing] pains and enjoyment in the proximity of your Plymouth friends, to whom we beg to be remembered. Yours faithfully C.E. Fay.

Letter from Charles E. Fay, Tufts College, Massachusetts, to Anne Whitney, Shelburne, New Hampshire, 1913 August 21

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