June 4 -82.
Expect that you are all wondering why I don’t write but I have been very busy this past week and so will have to beg to be excused. Your letter was splendid. Rec’d it and one from Father the same day. I want you to look up two or three words in the dictionary. Jollyfication - [hove?] ([horse?], I guess) fouls - (chickens probably) and egotistical. I have written five or six time that Commencement is on the 14th of June. Is that a week before the 15_? But recitations end Thurs. 4 days more. I shan’t be sorry. My pens are [s?]cratch so that I am going to finish with pencil. Hope you will succeed in getting the ticket to the nautitorium - Allow me to
Am sorry that you have not made better progress in dancing but practice a little by yourself & when I come home we will try it together - I think your reading this winter must have done you some good. Next winter let’s read some good books together. Yes, alas, we are bankrupt - Suppose Aunt Lizzie is with you now - Weren’t you surprised &
sister Eli --