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[postmark: BOSTON, MASS. JUN 10 7-45P 1888] [postage stamp, green, affixed sideways: UNITED STATES POSTAGE TWO 2 CENTS]
[written in pencil up left side: M.A.Livermore]
Melrose, June 10, 1888
My dear Friend,
I thank you a thousand times for your kind remembrance of me. But I could not enjoy a visit to Shelburne just now. I am too utterly wearied to go anywhere at present. I think I never before was conscious of so great fatigue. To talk, to read, to ride, to sleep, to eat - all is impossible to me just now. I shall
pull up again, after a little. But a wooden woman, or one of your own incomparable clay models would be as agreeable and as companionable as I just now. All the burdens of two households, somehow, tumble to my back - and there have been not a few of them this last year. They are all disposed of however - and now
I am wrestling with my own. What is the sense of living? What does it all mean? But it isn't worth while to propound to you conundrums which no one can answer, we are here, and must go on to the end. Perhaps in August, I can come to Shelburne for a few days. I shall be only too happy, if I can. Love to all your house-mates.
Yrs. most tenderly, M. A. Livermore
Livermore, Mary A. and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Mary A. Livermore, Melrose, Massachusetts, to Anne Whitney, Shelburne, New Hampshire, 1888 June 10" (1888). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 926.