Em in particular seemed immeasurably attractive. I regard it as grand good fortune being with you today. It is a delightful, but also a novel, experience. My life, as you know, has mostly been spent in pure wildness. In the wildernesses of our big Godful continent I am at home, but this kind of wilderness is altogether novel to me, and of course I find myself bewildered and ill prepared to do my part in it. I have plenty to say that you would be glad to hear at the right time, for I know very well that nowhere else in the world are fresh ideas gathered from God’s wildernesses, God’s gardens, accorded a finer hospitality. But in these post-dinner celebrations I can’t do much. You know it is said that Scotchmen can’t speak, he can only discourse, a true saying in the case of this Scotchmen. With 2 or 3 hrs at command even with my limited vocabulary I might get something said.
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14.5 cm.
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