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Miss Lewis4 was awfully ill for ten days after we got here2, had to have all her meals in bed. She was terribly discouraged and so was I but at last she has rallied and once on her feet seems to get on very fast. This morning she has gone into the village to have her hair washed and do a little shopping.
It was very hard for me to come away from New
York5 without seeing you again, my dear. Various illnesses and
complications at my apartment6 have
given me so little time to see you while you have been settled7 in New
Jersey8. But I think you must know what pleasure it gave me to be
with you when I could see you, and how
much a reunion with you and your brother9
meant to me. I was very very fond of both of you when you were little children.
Sometimes the little children we love turn out to be very different creatures as
they grow older; but with you and Charles
that was, happily for me, not the case. After I said good-bye to you as little
children I did not see you again until you were grown into the kind of people you
were destined to be in this world, -- and every trait that I had loved in both of
you had remained the same. Growing up had given to each of you wider interests and
even more personal charm than you had when you were little. I felt such pleasure and
satisfaction in being with you both; in watching the better family traits come out
in each of you, and with those the
individual things which come from no family and which are one’s very own and derived
And I still take the
same pleasure in being with either ofyou that I felt when you were children, and, in addition to that, a comradeship which will mean a great
loss to me when you go away.
bBut I am not going to let you escape me altogether. If you cannot come
back to New York occasionally, I shall manage to escape to the
MAINE Schenley Hotel10 occasionally, though I should have to adopt an assumed name11 on the hotel register. I know too many there12 to go under my own name but all the people I really care about are either dead or have gone abroad to live. The undesirables are always there, you know!