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I can't tell you how glad and relieved I was to get your note and to learn that you
have really got some satisfaction and pleasure out of your busy summer. I do hope
you will take a few weeks rest at the end, and not keep on doing things up to the
last, but recline and enjoy what you have already done. The undone things can wait
[illegible] summer. And please thank Bessie3
for her long, newsy letter and her account of everything. I always enjoy her letters
so much, and I have read this one many times over, and once aloud. But please give Bess a soft lead pencil to write with, it will be much easier on her eyes and
mine. Why do people ever use hard pencils?
I think it was lovely of you to have Ethel4 and the chil-dren there, and it does my heart good to think what a joyful time Charles5 and Helen Louise6 must have had. I am so glad Jess7 and her boys8 like Charles Edwin. He is easily crushed when people don't like him.
The astronomers are in great distress because I gave the wrong name to the behaviour of the planet Venus which I personally witnessed on the Wieners'9 back porch in the sum-mer of 1893. It should be called an 'occultation', not a transit. It has been corrected in the second printing10. The first man to telegraph about it was not an astronomer, but the ubiquitous Professor Phelps11, of Yale. I enclose his reply to my letter of thanks12. Glance at it and tear it up.