Letter from Hadley Hemingway to her family

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Scanned handwritten letter beginning "Dear Family" from Hadley Hemingway, dated October 21.

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



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74 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine Paris

Dear Family:-

I imagine that one nosee is badly out of joint now that Marcelline is so brilliantly taking the centre of the stage. We are both highly interested and not a bit jealous because we know what a good time it all is and that we cannot be expected to be looked upon as a bride-and-groom forever! It all sounds too lovely for anything from Marce's letter to Ernest. I sure do wish I could be there for the grand festivities and so does he. Well, you must think of us a little and we shall think of you, you can be sure, especially Marcelline!

Well, our news, which E. is too busy to write you today, is that he's just come back from Constantinople, - came in at the Gare de Lyon at 6:35 this morning. Oh my goodness I didn't know anyone could be so glad to get anyone back! Its so wonderful being married but you're only half of twice as big a personality. Tell Marce I say that and [?] [?] as the

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happiness warming in the world. I certainly do love this child of yours and mine tho. And mother and father, he has done so brilliantly out there in the East. Doubtless you have been seeing the cables and the grand send off they have given him in an introductory paragraph to the first of them. But the poor kid paid for his glory in bad discomfort - his throat came on again & he had fever to such an extent that he took quinine as a part of his diet. And the bites - he was covered with them - bad ones - and there are a lot of small ones still not faded out. Had to have his hair cut very short to get the animals out! Besides all that he had loads of work to do and very little money to do it with and found few people to hobnob with - no encouragement from anybody and feeling so ill! In addition my letters were never received on account of postal stupidity and oh dear we both felt pretty bad. But now its all over and we're together again and I've done tons of things to improve the apartment and he's crazy about it. He brought me a chain of great heavy worry beads - and one amber, big beads, with black coral and silver

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that belonged to some royal Russian who is now a waitress in Constantinople! And a bottle of attar of roses - when I think of these things and my new hat I don't think of anything else to wish for.

Lots of our friends of last winter and many dear friends of mine from America are here and our days are filled for a long time ahead. Ernest has still Eastern work to do - might even go back or to Switzerland - whatever place they decide on - for the conference. E. says I go with him that time but I don't know.

We had a stunning newspaper picture of grandmother and grandfather Hemingway in honour of their fifty-fifth anniversary. Our heartiest congratulations and loads of love.

Binny sends his best love to everybody and certainly I do - Hope we'll hear soon.

Ever so affectionately your daughter Hadley

October 21st

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