Letter from Grace E. Hall to Clarence Edmonds Hemingway

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Letter written by Grace E. Hall in New York to Clarence E. Hemingway in Chicago, dated January 31, 1896.

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



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January 31st 96.

My Dear One,

The last time I shall write Jan. '96. Oh! I am so glad of it. It has been such a frightfully long month and to think that Feb. has the audacity to have 29 days this time, it is too much.

Oh! I am so relieved tonight - I do not seem to be the same girl, at all, I am so sorry and ashamed to think I had not straight

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of character enough to keep my woes to myself until something more was [proven?], but, darling, you will forgive me for being weak and womanish when other people frighten me. I experienced much pain last night and this morning early started to the doctors, a most skillful wise man, who easily discovered the cause and thinks I shall be quite well soon. [It?] is an outrage for me to talk shop to you as if you hadn't enough of it, all the time so this endeth the second lesson

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Your loving letter of Tuesday night greeted me as I left the house this morning Darling I do not lay it up against you that you forgot my letter on Tues. morning you did not forget me, I know but a little imp whispered, "I wonder how you will feel the first time he goes off and forgets to kiss you, goodbye." and then my true faith came tto my aid and I thought, No, I should not lay that or any thing else up against my darling, when I know that his whole life is for me.

I have been thinking so much about serious things, of late; How

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for a little pettish selfishness goes to making home wretched - little Natalie girl when she is tired and very busy does not greet her mother with a smile + a welcome kiss when she gets home worn out from her business, and often [illegible] leaves every thing thrown around the rooms and untidy, just for want of the kind thought -fulness that makes home a little heaven on earth. If people only realized that it is the little things and not the big ones that make life a failure or a grand success. Oh dear, I seem to have so much to say to you and no time to say it in or space. Am so glad about the exam, but I knew you would come through, all right. Oh how fretfully written this morning's letter was.

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As to the graduating programs; I fervently trust I shall be invited because I believe nothing else will keep me away but the lack of an invitation.

But seriously, dear, I cannot make out a list with no directory here, it is best for you to make list and forward to me and I will fill in omissions, as they come to me. Just outline a list in the ruff and I will then make all the suggestions I can. Oh how we should enjoy doing this together if

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