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My Dear Belle.
I have just said "good-bye" to Louise, who is going down on the evening boat, to spend the week's vacation at home, and coming back to my room, I thought I would take occasion to do what I have long been meditating, but have post-poned from want of time; viz; write and ask you if you received our replies to your invitation to come and visit you at Christmas time. I think you must have done so, or you surely would have branded us as ungrateful, and written to us inform you wished to cut our acquaintance. - But if you did receive them, we thought we should have heard from you before this, and yet, as I reflect that you are in school as well as we, it