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I am sending you a nice letter from Mary
Virginia3. I fell so mean and small not to have had here
and I really wanted her very much. But you see her
father4 terribly wanted her to go to Red
Cloud5, and I was afraid of offending him if I offered an invitation
in the oher other direction. Here I was, within a
hundred miles, and this island is so much prettier than Nova Scotia6, and I could have saved the child at least half her
expenses,—besides I would have
enjoyed having her. If she had written me that she was coming to Canada7
anyhow, aunt or no aunt, I'd have seen
to it that she came here.
Well, she is very plucky and she enjoyed her
vacation anyhow, though I think Nova Scotia a rather dreary and commonplace shore.
wish she could have set on my hill and under my pine!
I expect you are having lovely visits with Elsie8 every day now, and I send you both my dearest love. Have Elsie
and Douglass9 seen the
in and sketch in the "Atlantic Bookshelf"11," in the front
advertising pages. I'd send it, but there are no magazines sold on this island
except SAT. EVE. Post12, which is thirty-five cents
because of the new duty!