Letter from Clarence Edmonds Hemingway to Grace E. Hall

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Letter written by Clarence E. Hemingway to Grace E. Hall, dated January 26, 1896.

This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.



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Sunday evening. Jan. 26/96 My dear Sunshine, - Yes, last night I went to bed after writing you and was truly "you sick." - It was fairly a brake [sic] down for your "Possom" but darling, it was when I felt that it would be you alone who could help me and stroke my tired head. But now all is past and am going to be a better boy this week and not think so hard about what matters so little. - So you see I have confessed that one of the resolutions has been broken, but will mend it all up after Tuesday! So when you are reading this Wednesday morning just think of me as the happiest boy in

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the West, all faithful to the Eastern Sunshine - This afternoon all seemed quiet at your house, and as Leicester did not call for me I concluded he and Laura were having a quiet company, so I read aloud here in my room to you. - I read from Lowell, "Longing", - and my dear, what a mammoth piece that is, - now I can see why you read that to me one night at twilight, away north, at the turn in the road, up along the east river road as we sat quietly in the buggy with old Lotty ahead, and then how you gave it [one ?] written in your own engraving in Jerome's Idle thoughts of an Idle Fellow." Then I read Lowells. - "My love." - read it, for it is for you many times I am sure

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and then I read again his poem "Love." - which pictures so many of our mutual sentiments. So much for Lowell, all for you and Claire, - they seemed to speak to us so truthfully, - but for a contrast took from my books, Holmes Poems, - And from "The Autocrat at the breakfast table" read aloud several which were inspiring and filled with pathos and humor. Some very laughable, and soon found I was watching a sitting room clock that had stopped at a quarter to four, and now it was a quarter past five. So hurry I must not to disappoint Laura and Leicester.- When I arrived Leicester said, -

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"Ha Ha! Am delighted to see you my boy!" And asked why I had not come over earlier, saying Laura had been alone all the afternoon! - Good joke, as I had been the same, but you were with me though, and soon your father came home and we four had a delightful tea together, but can say, the Tea was not quite like we used to prepare - as I had no squint into the party and some one else let the milkman in and some one else carried in the currant rolls. Never mind darling, - three weeks have slipped suddenly away and six months will soon be gone. Have courage and hold fast and we will have tea together after awhile. Your father greatly entertained us

with his descriptions of the grand Dore gallery. He has a soul filled with poetry and a heart overflowing with beautiful descriptive language. - Mother was pleased with her letter and I told Rev. Hulbert your message for his wife and he spoke very kindly of you and thanked me for the "News from New York." Darling I find it extremely difficult to hold up to my ideal as to keeping my study room here, the library. Tyler studies here and everyone leaves everything here all day and I realy [sic] gain no possession until about seven pm.

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and begin to clear up with a [ ?] . - As I know you would want it. But alas, some one interferes and in a half hour fails to find something where they put it etc. But can hold true in my own little room The Sunshine pillow is a constant reminder! I make my own bed, as the new German servant does not suit me in that respect, and still am faithful to the [fine ?] white 'kerchiefs. But my dear will say Good night for another Sunday has past and all day have thought of you, but not yet seen the German old folks but will soon. Will be in better writting [sic] order tomorrow night if you will forgive my "tracks" tonight. Your ever loving, Clarence Edmonds Hemingway

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