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[postmark: SHELBURNE AUG 18 1913 N.H.]
[two green postage stamps, U.S.POSTAGE 1 CENT 1]
Miss Anne Whitney
[in pencil: [Aug. 18, 1913]]
Shelburne, Sunday -
My beloved Friend -
Florence & I had planned surely for the pleasure of an hour with you this afternoon. But --- the thermometer stood at 100 on our piazza, & when it plays such antics as that we don't really dare walk the two sizzling miles that stretch between your Paradise & our plain terrestrial joys -
But I'm sadly disappointed for the hours with you are golden - & now we shan't be back till nearly September - I wish your enemy may withdraw & raise the siege, dear Heart; you are very brave, - & I watch & honour you deeply; but I don't want you to have to be brave!
Excuse the half-sheet, taken by inadvertence - When I return may we have a heart to heart talk about your Cook-Lady? You spoke in the Spring of her perhaps being able to come to us this Autumn; if you still recommend her, we should like to find out about it -
Blessings be with you.
Scudder, Vida Dutton and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Vida Dutton Scudder, Shelburne, New Hampshire, to Anne Whitney, Shelburne, New Hampshire, 1913 August 18" (1913). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 908.