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I am delighted to have the article3 on Bishop Beecher4. I find
the portrait5 by Laurie Wallace6 is splendid! Just my Bishop, as I
have always known him.
Please tell him how much I like it. Now no homely boy need despair! If he leads a
good life, he will grow handsomer and handsomer as the years go on.
Next week I go up to Maine7—to a place8 on the sea about three hours north of Portland9. I’ll send you my address. I am really too hard pressed here; too much foreign correspondence. Following example of “Ántonia”10 several of my early books are coming out in new editions in England11. It is very pleasant, but the detail is too tiring for me just now. I am going to run away and leave everything to Mr. Sterne12, my lawyer, who handles all the English contracts (writers’ contracts, I mean,) in this country13.
My old friend Mrs. Litchfield14 (of whose illness I wrote you) has made a fine recovery, so I shall go away with a light heart. I long for Grand Manan15, but the food situation is very serious up there. I can’t live on fish alone! Never was fond of it. My weight has dropped from 115 to 112 again—even that small drop tells a little on my vitality. I do miss Mary Virginia16 so. She helped me in so many little ways and always kept my spirits up.
Please tell the Bishop I love having photographs of him at all ages and stages, and have filed the article in the desk where I keep only the people I love.Lovingly Willie