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Charlesgate - March 11-13

Dear & kindest of friends -

I feel that at times I particularly exemplify a mental condition touched upon in your last - to me - namely - an infirmity of will which seemingly makes one helpless to deal on occasion with the most trifling matters - (minor duties call them for the nonce), & demanding no more effort than might the turning of one's head & yet each a haunting presence from week to week - month to month - yes - & year to year it may be -

Perhaps to call these psychological naggings - "minor duties" reflects too seriously upon the amoral attitude of the individual [deletion: of the] who neglects them - for duties are not negligible - But certainly they acquire some color of obligation from their persistency in holding on. Now - not to let slip an illuminating [deletion: concrete] case in point - here for so long - so long - you have been spending yourself in generous thought & more generous effort under adverse circumstances to win an entity you believed in from the dark & make it visible to men. And did she about whom this obscure but interesting drama in a sense revolved - did she help

or give the impression that she would fain help, by encouraging word or presence where line or measure would have been acceptable? I know not. If you saw a child of light struggling with gnomes - if inertia had left you a void of spirit - you would [deletion: if]however feebly - shy stones at the gnomes - wouldn't you? Did I shy any stones? I not not on the contrary, I balked & dallied - & [deletion: that] went my way - and that is the size of it, as they say in the rural district of N.H.

About the photo, I should like a half dozen - & if you will do me the favor & give my address to your photographer

he can send them to me directly with the bill. I sent two of the pictures I had from you to Olive Dargan & she warmed the cockles of my heart with an enthusiastic rejoinder that must have been meant for you. I find that others also of my friends approve them above all direct photos" hitherto made of late years. Accept my heartfelt thanks for this also.

I hope you will feel strong enough to read in the new volume of plays "A son of Hermes"--I believe it to be the richest piece of fun--a masterpiece--that the dramatic impulse has worked since the great time.

I shall hope to see you before April bursts into bloom. I have not been riding so much of late. The motive seeming to be much engaged elsewhere! But how rejoiced I shall be to see you again upright--in the obvious banks, as of old.

In faith & constant affection, Your A.W.

Letter from Anne Whitney, Boston, Massachusetts, to Elizabeth Bigelow Greene, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 1913 March 11

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