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I don’t want, in these hard times, to offend a large and chesty organization like the Chicago Women’s Club5. On the other hand, I certainly don’t want to go out there and be be-medalled by a lot of illiterate dames like the writer of this letter. Can you suggest any escape? Or do you think I should go and take my medicine?
You are kind enough to ask if I need anything. I would like one small book, if
Miss Rubin6 can get it for me. It is
called, I think, “American Wild Flowers”7,
and is by a Mr. Matthews8 who also wrote an
excellent book9 on American trees. I do
not remember his first name, nor am I sure
about the title of the book
.! My own copy is in storage10. I think it was published by Scribners11, but I’m vague even about
that. Perhaps from these several uncertainties a clever detective can find the
Your telegram to me I shall keep. We neither of are inclined to overstate our feelings, but when you do speak I know you mean it, and it means a great deal to me.
Give my love to Blanche12, please, and tell her
I am going
to write her soon.