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[Postmark: BOSTON AUG 22 2-AM 1914 MASS BOSTON CIRCUIT R.P.O.]
Tufts College, Mass.
Aug. 21, 1914
Dear Miss Whitney:
I was very sorry to be near to you yesterday and yet unable to call, as my time was limited and I was showing a stranger the "historic sites" of Plymouth. I wanted in particular to tell you of my six hours sojourn in Shelburne last Saturday, during which I saw so many of your eagerly inquiring friends at Philbrook's (where I dined) and called at "Whitney Farm", where I spent an hour, happy in reminiscence and happy for the joy of the eyes. Your Louisa made me welcome, the baby came to me most sociably, and I also
saw "William" for a few moments before I left for Gorham. All seemed so natural, all but the absence of the central human light of that earthly paradise! I sat for some time on the piazza of "the lab" and delighted in the view. I saw nothing to compare with in my ten days' absence. That night I spent in Gorham. In the evening I went into Mr Shorey's photography "studio" and he showed me the picture card which I enclose, saying that at last he had taken the view I had so after praised to him You will recognize is as your own* [written up side of page: *I add another that I had sent to Mrs. Fay, of the view from Crog! She says it is a present fron her to you.] I met in Gorham on their way home from Mt. Mansfield, Miss Scudder and Miss Converse. They were delighted with the news that a few moments before I had received from Mrs. Fay, who had just before writing heard from Alphonsine over the telephone, that you were out walking with Mrs. Dargan. The Goodalls inquired particularly of you
On Sunday afternoon I walked from the upper B & M station in Gorham to the Ravine House via Randolph still and ate my lunch on the very spot on that sightly eminence upon which we lunched on a ride you may recall. Passing that night at the Ravine Sto. I took the early train on Monday for Tamworth and spent a day there, reaching home on Tuesday evening.
I found Mrs. Fay & Margaret about as I had left them when I started for my outing with the A.M.C. people in the August Camp in Grafton Notch, some 15 miles by auto from Bethel, Me. On the whole I think Mrs. Fay is vaster better, though her locomotion still is very defective. Margaret's knee, which perhaps you know she hurt by a fall on our piazza nearly two months ago, has continued to trouble her, so that to day I escorted her to an Xray Doctor to have it photographed in order to see whether there is any actual derangement of that most delicate articulation. Perhaps we may find in this another good reason why her stay on this side the Atlantic is advantageous.
Both Mrs. Fay and Margaret send their love to you and to Mrs. Dargan. We are all delighted at the wonderful effect her presence has upon you. In the hope that I may have the pleasure of seeing you both again ere long, and possibly at Plymouth during your stay . I am
Charles E. Fay
Fay, Charles E. and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Charles E. Fay, Tufts College, Massachusetts, to Anne Whitney, Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1914 August 21" (1914). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 679.