C. Hart Merriam
Speaking of Helen reminds me that in her numerous letters she always forgets to tell us her choice of those stories. But her letters are awfully funny & Mrs Merriam & the children laugh till the tears run down their cheeks every time one comes. [Zenaida?] says they sound a little old for Helen and she suspects her father's influence is tending to make her fremat[illegible]y antiquated; but Dorothy says they are just right; and we were all delighted with the one about the 3-legged cow and the bluejay. We all think she ought to typewrite this one and send it to Youth's [Companion?].But why dont you ever show up at this end of theline? Have you made up your mind to look fierce and live and die in California without giving your far away friends a chance to impose on you in their own homes? Too bad. [illegible]os'e you are too busy writing book reviews & travelers guides!Now I'm about to give you a big surprise. I'm a rival of Cook & Kay[[illegible]d & have determined to go into the traveling ch[illegible] business. Perhaps this does not describe it exactly. The thing [is?] this, I have undertaken to conduct' a "specially conducted party" across the continent. This first time it is a party of bird c[illegible] and their friends, with a strong Presbyterian flavor on your account
1903 Mar 20
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 27 cm.
Reel 13, Image 0310
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