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Of course I want you to come for a week or eight days before you go to Northampton3. We4 wont begin to tear up the place much before the 20th. I want you to see the last of the apartment5. We have a good maid6 so you can really be comfortable.
I'm so glad, so awfully glad you all like the Swedish Mother10, and that Mary Virginia11
ab knows who the people
are. Tell her her "Nanypaw12" ought to remember
one special night when he left me by the barn of the field we called "the Mountain
field" when I actually saw the nose of the bear13 between the bushes, only the nose,
and it looked a good deal like a pig's, but it made me very unhappy. I used
generally to wait under a hawthorne tree that grew by the barn and was very lovely
in the spring, but I didn't know14 what
the Swede woman would call a hawthorne tree. Mr.
McClure15 says the poem has been a good deal talked about wherever he
has gone and that "he is as proud of it as if he had done it himself." I'm glad people like it, and everyone says "what a dear little
girl." "Red-haired"16 doesn't seem to me
a very specific adjective, but it seems to make a picture to everyone.
I'll be so, so glad to see you, Bobbie, and I want to ask you so much and tell you
much. You must tell
May Mary about the little girl I
rescued in the Park when the dog attacked her crow. Tell her she must take her crow
to call on Irene17, I know Irene would
appreciate it. Just think, you'll be here at 82 in ten days or so now!
Get up on a chair and kiss Toby18 for me before you leave.