Po'keepsie N. Y.
Nov 13 th 1887
Dear Mr Pace;
I was quite surprised to receive not long ago, a note from you, and yet more surprised at its contents.
Of course I am pleased with the thought that you would like something from my pen, but it is only just to you and to myself to tell you that I am nothing of a writer.
Besides that I am very much occupied with my college duties, and find little time for outside duties.
Still I am willing to make
I shall probably choose some phase or phases of the life here, as that subject would be easier for me and probably more interesting to your readers than any general educational topic which I might discuss.
Whatever I write will be simple and unpretentious, as I should hardly dare trust myself on anything else.
Please let me hear from you as to when you would like for the article to be ready. I would rather write it within the next few weeks, than do so later. When are your journals published?
I hope to be at home Christ- [Christmas]
Remember me to your family and believe me, Your friend Orie L. Hatcher
[Orie Latham Hatcher, 1888]