[CAT HE 2-xiii.]
[Tues., 15 Jul 84]
[First part missing; letter continues as follows:] I have been reading Miss Jones's letter again. I feel so sorry for her, but I feel so sorry for you I feel quite sore. When she says "you are of kin--whether Olive Schreiner is I don't know" &c what does she mean? Of "kin" with Hinton, of "kin" with whom? I hope my darling has not been forgetful to her in her trouble. We must bring down our broad desire to help other people, & let it force itself down into the little tiny acts with regard to other people, as well as in our general thinking & working for their good. But I fancy you need less to be reminded of this than I do. /
Please write the names of some good books. I don't know what to send for. Have you read the life of Ellen Watson? 1 // I wonder if it would help Miss Jones if I were to write to her a good deal, nice long letters, or if she would dislike it. What do you think[?]
Don't let the thought of me keep you from going to see her, because you know you are my own boy whatever you are doing. You must do what's right, & what you feel you can. // /
[Torn top edge; letter continues as follows:] I have an idea now that what is the matter with me just now is hayfever. I've never been just like this before. Do you know of any little quiet, country, sea side place near this part of England where I could go, & where you could come for your holiday? By the sea I am always so well, & I want to be so well when you are with me. This place is so beautiful & the quiet so sweet. I would like to live here always.
[Top part of opposite side torn away; letter continues in the middle of a sentence:] good as I can [words torn away] is best I left out those parts. I will make it best. You help me so.
My Dadda writes to me some times, now & then a little note. You don't know how good & thoughtful he is for me. /
[CAT OS Ib-iv, FRAG/CAT OS FRAG NFP g. Env. 42; PM: Cromford, 16 Jul 84. Order of these two pieces may not be in the same sequence as originally written.]