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July 15, 1868.
My Dear Belle.
I found your letter awaiting me, when I reached home, for I did not return to Boston (am I crazy?- I mean Hartford) until the Tuesday after Commencement. Several of us had been planning for some time before, to stay at the college a few days, to pack, rest, visit &c., and the fact that Mr. Vassar was to be buried Friday quite decided us to remain. - Of course we enjoyed it, and it was much more satisfactory to say "good-bye", at leisure, than in the general hurry and bustle of the breaking up. — In reply to your question with respect to the fitness of continuing our exercises, I have time only to say, that I am sure had you been there you would have taken a different view of it. Mr. Vassar's calm peaceful death, in the midst of his work, or rather when
duly appreciate your kind interest in my welfare and would be very glad to return it.
Much love to you and yours,
I should be very happy to receive a call from you, on your way to N. Y., but I suppose likely you will take the return route.