Vassar College, Mon. Dec. 4, 1865 My Dear Brother, I received your nice long letter last Friday, and was very much gratified to hear from you. I wrote to you last week on rec't of the dft. you had forwarded to me. I also read a paper Sat. the direction of which looked much as though it might have been written by Mary. Am much obliged for the same, aad for all your kindnesses to me. I don't care about taking the Forts, paper, but if you would send me one once in a while, I shall be very willing to accept. You are very kind to me indeed and don't think because I don't say much about it, I do not appreciate it. What I say or write always seems so stiff, that I sometimes think I would do better to leave it unsaid. I will try and keep an account of money, as
afraid he might think there was some mistake in it. You know there are so many girls here, and they've nothing to trust to but appearances. So if you will do that, I will be ever-so-much obliged to you. I went to the city Sat. and came home, nicely tired out. I have a job on hand I am greatly dreading and that is to have some teeth fixed. They have a dentist come out here every Sat. and I guess I'll take my turn next Sat. The sooner over, the better. I think you have given your boy a beautiful name. I always like "Robert,"— I suppose it is "Bobby" for short—and hope he may prove as good a man as his name-sake. I am sorry to hear that Mary suffered so
severely, and very much rejoiced to know she Is improving. The bell has rung, and I must go to gym-
The girls are all studying, perhaps I should be doing the same.
One of them just remarked "Why, Glid, have you got all your lessons for tomorrow?" I guess I will have to look over them a little yet this evening, but there's plenty of time. We are taking pretty long lessons in Cicero now, as we want to finish this oration before Christmas. What do you say to my coming here four years ? I don't know yet how the course will be arranged, but I have a desire to take the regular course. However, I think probably I can accomplish my work in three, and I guess I will be willing to
very anxious to get a peep at it. Sallie wrote me it looked just like our mother's babies. If it it looks like Cora or George, I know it is pretty; but I can't say about the rest.
Well, I must look at my lessons a little, though I think I've about mastered them. Give love to Mary, Charlie, the baby, and last but not least, in stature or in love, your own self.
Wishing you a happy good-night, I remain,
Your loving sister
P.S. I will take back what X said in my last, and ask you to write soon, often, and as much as you can. Yours etc. Annie