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Thank you for sending the book of reviews so promptly. Alfred Knopf4 wanted to use some extracts from them. They got here in plenty of time.
Now I want you to relieve my mind a little. The enclosed letter tells its own sad story.
Why in thunder don't these people bank with Walter7 or
[illegible]—when they have a
chance? What's the matter with the Lambrechts8?
Now will you be my Santa Claus? I want them to have a good Christmas dinner. I know they won't buy prunes or dried apricots, they felt too poor to get them last year.
Please have Mrs. Burden9 pack a box:
If there is any money left over after you get these things, get some Butternut coffee—I know they will cut the old lady down on her coffee, so put whatever is left into coffee.
I've already sent Mrs. Lambrecht a Christmas box, a lovely sweater and a lot of toys, but that was before I got Lydia's letter.
I'm sitting in the middle of a pile of trunks, dear Carrie. We10 move today. I think the new apartment11 will be lovely, but I'd have waited another year if I'd known so many of my old friends were going to be hard hit. I do want to help.Lovingly Willie
New address: 570 Park Avenue (not far from Virginia12, I'm glad to say!
Roscoe's13 Virginia14 is to spend the Christmas holidays with me.