dangerous. but the procession was impressive, gorgeous, with gold laced soldiers, magnificently dressed foreign Ambassadors. Princes, Crown heads, but above all else the interest was centered in the dear gracious Queen she bore on her face all her goodness, I had a most exceptional oppor tunity to have fifteen minutes look at her - her carriage had to draw because of the street being lined with soldiers, close to the curb and under our window the Princess of Wales sat
signs of age then I expected the story about her blindness is exag[g]erated very much - London is scarc[e]ly in her norm al condition. fetes of all kinds still going on the shop keepers are doing well and all are cheerful and happy.
The hotels are overrun with Episcopal clergy they are holding a convention here in London this Hotel has a large share of them. I like this Hotel very much my rooms overlook a little
Park which helps me very much to be satisfied for I can go to it watch the pets crows, doves, birds all so gentle, by being fed daily. This little green spot so refreshing makes me feel I have never been grateful enough for the blessed house I have at dear Palo Alto . its vastness, its varieties of trees shrubs, fruits, and flowers. I wish I had a basket of fruits from there before me now. I went out a few days ago to get some fruit, and had to pay two shillings
(50 cents) a piece for Peaches and nothing extra at that price. California is an Eden with all its blessings - the poor have blessings unknown here. London is so filled with poor children on the streets, it makes one's heart ache all the time they look hungry. and eager eyed for sympathy. I never could be happy here. such great distance between the rich and poor. such abject devotions to Royalty it amounts to servility - Commoners are
June 1, 1897 (Copy) 57.1
Mr Russell J Wilson,
Dear Sir :
I would like you to draw up a paper, to be given to Judge Coffee, stating the facts in reference to the children of Charles Stanford, deceased, who have not signed the agreement which has been approved and signed by the majority of the legatees.
I also desire a copy of the agreement to be given to Judge Coffee.
Please ask him in the paper which you send, if my husband's Will does not give me the liberty and if it does not explicitly, desire that I should act in the Estate's affairs and all concerned,