[FB004AAH] Letter, September 1889


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[FB004AAH] Letter, September 1889

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I have intended writing you ever since your last kind letter was receieved. I hope you do not for a moment think me neglectful. The truth is I did not realize the time for your departure was so very near until I found that it was too late for you to get my letter before sailing. I was very much alarmed at reading in the papers of Papa's illness. I concluded however that it was nothing very serious or you would have telegraphed me. I suppose you had a delightful visit at Sir John's home. I should have liked very much to have gone but I thought it such a senceless thing to go now to England just for three or four days and then start right back again. I am anxious to know what you think of the English home life I have praised so highly to you. To my mind there is nothing lovlier than an Englishman's love for his home, it makes little difference to him whether it is a cottage or a palace. His interests, his loves are centred there and what is that but home in its brightest meaning. It seems strange that I of all people should admire this [trait?] so much, perhaps it is because such a love is so very foreign to me that I admire it. How different I would have been if I had been brought up in a home as you were or I might say as most girls are. Even now that we have a home I have never lived in it long enough to become attached. The world unfortunately judges us by what we are and not by what we might have been had circumstances been different. We are now in Munich waiting for money to start to Italy on. I cannot understand why Papa has not sent it. We are losing so much time by waiting. You spoke to me in your letter of having forty dollars a month instead of eighty. Forty dollar will be a very generous allowance for my small needs but it would be imposible to dress on that, as I have all my winter dresses I can live much on forty but I shall have to ask you to let me take the other forty to pay the bills for my winter outfit. I only have forty a month & that the other forty goes only to pay back bills. It will take almost until [ofuming?] to pay them so by the time they are paid it will be time to get my summer clothes. If it takes more than until spring then I will have to do next summer with the clothes I have. I hope you will understand this womewhat complicated explanation and will not hesitate to say whether you aprove or not. I shall not be arguing as I feel confident that whatever you do is for my good. Be frank with me always, never hesitate because you think I will be angry with you if you say what you feel and think. I know your reason for cutting my allowance in two was for my good. I am, I confess it VERY careless and extravagant and of course to limit my allowance is the only possible way to stop it. Mrs. Brigham wishes me to send her very kindest regards. I think you are a sort of a [surere? Saint?] Mama. You succeeded in changing Miss B's entire opinion of you in the course of an hour. Give my BEST love to Papa, also the others of our little family. Write me soon so that I can hear from you when I get to Rome. Adfdress it [Magnary Hooker?] to Rome. With Love, M
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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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