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[postmark: WEST SOMERVILLE JUN 24 6-30P 1914 MASS.]
Miss Anne Whitney
Tufts College. Mass.
June 24. 1914.
Dear Miss Whitney:
Apprehending still longer delay in acknowledging and thanking you for your kindness in sending us your cordial word of a few days ago, Mrs. Fay elects that I shall reply to it in her place. She no longer possesses the art of "rapid fire" notes, especially since muscular activity has been somewhat impeded by her present visitation.
But hardly a day has passed since your departure for the South Shore that we have not thought of and spoken of you and wondered how you were faring on your wave viewing point. We hope that the cool salty breezes have had a tonic effect, and that
your steps across the lawn are as light and terpsichorean, as we always remember them from one of our much prized visits. Mrs. Fay then could have followed you in the same tempo. Now, I fear, you would have the decided advantage of her.
And yet we think she is, on the whole, somewhat improved - some days she seems decidedly so. She continues her "treatments" by a masseuse twice a week and religiously performs the light gymnastics - if anything so light can be so termed - prescribed by this operator. She also takes daily walks out of doors - or means to - and once within a fortnight has made a pilgrimage to Wilmington and a visit there of two days.
But now Wilmington, or its leading attraction, has come to College Hill.
Becoming somewhat disturbed that her new baby was no showing a normal increase in weight, Ethel consulted her physician, who did not hesitate to tell her, that she was the one to blame; that she was not furnishing her son adequate nourishment, due not to a low physical condition but to over anxiety, lack of proper rest by day and night, and that she simply must take a change. We did not bribe him to give these directions, though we are the beneficiaries. It was a long time since we had had a visit from her, and it is very pleasant to have her with us, encumbered by no more exacting responsibility than this very quiet and peaceable young gentlemen, who spends much time in sleep and in silent "watchful waiting" in his carriage or cradle.
We think and speak of your kind thoughts that would have made it possible for us to visit Shelburne in the month of July; but the preparations for Margaret's departure, to say nothing of the fact that Mrs. Fay's present disabilities make home the more desirable place for her, rendered it a wise decision not to profit by your kind suggestion. - Margaret is well and quite on tiptoe of expectation in view of the new world in the old one about to open before her.
The "present writer" is in his usual health and has found a sudden "let-down" since college work closes on the 17th. But just now certain Editorial work and the preparation of an article, which you may see in the autumn in the expected number of Appalachia, are keeping him from intellectual rust. Possibly, if you are in the mood to receive callers, he may stray as far from his study as Rocky Point and "pass the time of day" with Miss Whitney.
We all join in messages of cordial greeting -
Charles E. Fay.
Fay, Charles E. and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Charles E. Fay, Tufts College, Massachusetts, to Anne Whitney, Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1914 June 24" (1914). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 674.