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A letter from Roscoe3 comes, several days after
yours, telling me about his trip to Washington4. Wasn't it splendid that he had it, and that he got what
he went after
.! I envy you and Virginia5 your trip through Western Nebraska6, and I do wish I could see the gay twins7.
As Mary Virginia8 said firmly that she was
going to Canada9 for her vacation, I have
asked her to come here2 as my guest for the
several weeks. I shall put her up at the little colony across the pine wood, where
We10 used to stay before we had this house,
and where we still take our meals. She will find it more lively there than here, and
she can run over here when she wishes. I don't know if she will like
a this kind of life, but I'm sure she will find the
island much lovelier than the place in Nova
Scotia11 where she went last year. Nova Scotia always seems rough and
grubby to me.
By the way, I think you should have the front porches painted this summer if you wish to preserve them. As to the rest of the house14, Father15 always said once in ten years was enough, and I think he was quite right. Of course the painters will try to persuade you to the contrary. (I would advise you not to let Christie16 get in on the job, Mac.17 will tell you he takes no pains.) I should think Carrie's18 advice about a painter would be good. Be sure the painter sandpapers off the old paint on the banisters. When the job is done, send the painter's bill to me, or have him send it, and I will send you a check at once. You might also send me the bill for the water that has been used on the yard this spring.
Give Bessie my best love, and tell her I know that she will be glad that Virginia
coming to spend her vacation with me, and I know Mother22 would approve. When I asked Virginia I told her that I
thought her Grandmother would want me to ask her. The trip up here is expensive, but
no more so than
the fare she had to pay to Nova Scotia last
year. Perhaps she won't like loneliness and fog and lighthouses as well as I do, but
if she's bored she can run away. They play bridge over at the colony every night,
and there are a couple nice boys and a charming English girl there; the rest are
rather tiresome .; some, not all. Nice plain people.
Tell Jess23 I was awfully glad to get her letter and will write her soon. Explain to her how I came to ask M.V.With love to you all Willie