Julia [Merrill] Moores
I cannot write you much of a letter - and what I write will I fear be disjointed & scattering but you will put up with it & be thankful perhaps - when you know that I am better & getting to be able to write for the first time in the last month. It has been a great trail to me not to write to you & Merrill. - that you tell me of M's tardiness. I understand only too well - and care not how severe you are with him - if any thing you can do will startle him out of it - I shall be only too thankful. I think he has needed more sternness - more severity than I have been able to give him. He has felt the loss of his dear father - without being conscious of it. God grant he may be able to overcome this fault. 00613  I am happy and content in the thought of your being together, & I am gland that you are taking him away from the valley & away from humanity into the wilderness - where even John the Baptist & Christ himself dwelt for days & years. - I am still in this quiet sand- hill. Sister Kate has left me & is before this at home - tho' I have not heard of her arrival there. Janet & Charles I kept as I could not bear to be separated from them. I have been very ill but my physiccian says I am improving & I feel that I must stay here until the warm weather at home is all gone. So I sit now in my room I look out on the sea - I never tire of it - it is always more & more beautiful. I have walked on the beach - sat in the sand - listened by the hour toils -
1872 Sep 9
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.
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