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Isles of Shoals. June 30st 1874
Mrs Goddard wrote me a delightful note after her visit to you beside the article which appeared in the "Advertiser". She really enjoyed her visit. I wish Lizzy Adams may [deletion: et] get to see you also. We are eager to know who else has been; if Miss Manning has returned, if you find it warm in Boston, or are going on comfortably, in short all the minor items concerning you and your work.
We shall hope to see you in Manchester and learn of these things.
There is a world of beauty alive here! I wish you could come to drink it in. We are fresh from the heat and dust of Conway and are resting our spirits.
We crossed in a beating storm, thunder and lightning and many horrors of the sea, but today is calm and beautiful enough to make all else seem a dream.
Will you give my love to your sister and say to her I should like to plant a cutting from her beautiful wild rose on our hill at Manchester that every summer may renew and hold fresh the memories of you & yours. Whittier has been taken ill and could not meet us here after all. But Mrs Putnam is here and a small pleasant circle of friends.
Did I tell you that Mrs Agassiz had not returned George Eliot's poems in
season for me to send them to you before I left? I have not forgotten the book but she has taken it to Nahant.
I wish I could tell you how beautiful it is here! This soft soft air, the cupping of the water, the touches of brilliant color in the tiny garden, the lazy pretty girls, the lingering loitering life, are all and each most refreshing, most lovely for the time.
James & Annie Fields.
[written in pencil on back of page: '74 A Fields]
Fields, Annie Adams and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Annie Adams Fields, Isles of Shouls, to Anne Whitney, 1874 June 30" (1874). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 688.