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HANCOTT, F. C NOV 13, '04 or 01
[Letterhead: Fifth Avenue Hotel. MADISON SQUARE, NEW YORK.]
Riverdale on Hudson N.Y. Nov. 13 04
My dear Mrs. Sewall,
I was glad when the [Broadhinsh?] informed me, that only three days ago, that we were to be at Indianapolis on the 18th.
Madam is not very well - I took her up to Montreal for a respite from her [novel?] and other worries, but she took a severe cold in transit and never left her bed there. We have been home but a few days and she has mended some but hardly in condition for [return?] work.
You don't know what pleasure I feel - nay comfort at the thought
that she may have your sustaining presence. I truly hope we will not be disappointed as we [de?] baned all [prospect?] of rest or pleasure as we have to leave that same night for [Columbus?] and will arrive but a few hours before the lecture.
I dont know what was the cause of these dates being so close but they prevent madam from getting a [necepary?] rest.
I sincerly thank you for her, for the many kind [?] extended and she expects to excuse herself in person for her neglect of your letter.
Sincerely and hopefully - that the lecture may be a success. I remain - F. C. Cancott