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[Written in pencil vertically up left side: A.F. Palmer] [Round Postmark: BOXFORD AUG 17 MASS] [Red Washington Postage Stamp: UNITED STATES POSTAGE TWO CENTS]
Miss Anne Whitney.
[written in pencil in brackets at top right of page] Jan. 2, 1892
She has come back to us again and reigns in the library, to the joy of professor and cook and maid! There has been a general family rejoicing today. Every one is amazed to find her so much better than what we all thought as good as could be.
What have you
done to her, you enchantress? George is sure that there are subtle changes which he spends his time analyzing. Or is it only the golden glory you have poured over it all?
You have hidden depths of magic still, it seems, when we thought to have penetrated into the
It was cruel to be kept in by the rain this afternoon. I meant to find you among the clouds, and have a look at your face, and then also, to find the curtains for the library. I agree with you that family discipline must be inaugurated with the new year! But I am over-prudent
in these days, and so I am at home!
Now be a dear obedient little lady, and give mein mann the little satisfaction of sending your workmen the full cost of all these transactions.
We feel so overwhelmed with "The great gift of so much beauty" as he has just been saying, that I don't know
how he can be satisfied without having charge of the workmen's part.
My dear friend, you will not know how much joy you have added to our house. You have put a great piece out of your beauty-creating life with all that goes to make our life, and we have no way of telling you
what it means, and will mean to us, and to our friends. Some day perhaps better than now we can show you this. But for the present let us have a little share, and let us love you all we want to. To be sure that's a great deal!
I hope the rain isn't bad for you. You haven't said
whether it was the grip which shut you up. In any case I am sure you will be very careful for the sake of us all. It is so easy to take cold again.
What do you think I have in a tumbler beside me? Glycerine in water! and I shut my eyes, and see the studio, and
feel the touch of every familiar sight and sound. I even fancy I hear the swallows instead of this wild rain, and now and then a bit of the poets, in a dear voice.
Good night and a good new week.
Jan. 2, 1892.
Palmer, Alice Freeman and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Alice Freeman Palmer, to Anne Whitney, 1892 January 2" (1892). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 869.