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I have for weeks wanted to thank you for the nice letter you wrote me about the medal.5 I wish the children could see it, it is too huge and heavy to use for anything but a paperweight, and as Tiffanys told me there was nearly five hundred dollars worth of unalloyed gold in it, I don't dare use it for that. So it will have to be locked away in the dark in the Bank-- seems a pity, as its so beautifully carved.
Didn't you at sometime write me that Helen Louise6 was almost as tall as you? That was why I made the foolish mistake and got her coat too big. I should have telegraphed you for her measures, if I had no time to write, and I'll do it next time. Edith7 sent her silk stockings for Christmas, but had no time to put a card in. I hope Charles8 got his imported scarf of very warm wool. If it's too big for him, his daddy9 could use it.
I'm hard driven, as always when I am in town2, but I had two jolly parties with Virginia10 and Tom11. Virginia works hard and manages well, and I am awfully
pleased with her. I'll get my book12 done
before I go to Mother13 in March, part
of it is in the printers' hands now. At the publisher's office they think it
is better than the Archbishop14,- they have
never been so stirred up by a book of mine before. Ma
that's partly goodwill, for they know it has been done under frightful
conditions, no rest o fr real, settled peace, always going
to California15 or travelling to do
the necessary research work. The title is "Shadows on the Rock." It will be
out early next fall16. I could
get it out this spring, but the book ma r
market, and every other market, is so bad that it doesn't seem advi asable.