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MERRILL, CATHERINE JULY 1 1895
227 North Capitol Ave Indianapolis July 1 1895
My dear Mrs. Sewall
I am so relieved to hear of Mr. Sewall's recovery or convalescence, I do not know which it is, that I am going even at this late date to send you my 'regrets'.
I received your
[Left margin: I do not know your address and suppose things are forwarded.]
note inviting me to the opera house and to a seat on the platform and in my heart acknowedged that kindness and the honor.
Not the most polite way of acknowledgment, it is true. but I was prevented by unexpected company from acceptance of more than the invitation to the hall.
Indeed, I was late at that and did not hear the opening if the address which I regretted; also I was so far back that although your voice was perfectly clear, I lost parts of sentences in such a way as to interfere seriously with my enjoyment. The audience was remarkably silent and attentive, but
the room is very large.
It is hardly fair for me to tell you this as the roaring and frying in my head has no doubt blunted my hearing; other people heard.
The weather at present is so cool and so beautiful that it is mere pervesity to be sick here. The few people that are at home are well. About a hundred have gone to Europe, hundreds to the sea and the lakes. —With kindest regards to Mr. Sewall and yourself, I remain
Yours very truly