March 5, 1870.
My dear Mother;
I enclose a "Rembrandt" which I had taken last Satur-
day when I had to go down to a dentist. How do you like it? I ordered
half a dozen, but if you think this good, I will send for six more; my
parlor mates all like them except Miss Cornell who thinks they do not
look like me at all.
My teeth troubled me so that it was necessary to have them
filled; but the dentist did not have time to finish the work, and I must go
down next Saturday; Annie wants to go also, and as I know the way per-
fectly, and as it is entirely proper for us to go alone, please send us
and it is entirely safe for us to go alone; but as we are under age, Miss
Lyman will not let us go without your permission. We don't want either
the bother or the expense of a teacher.
Please send by mail, a copy of "Anthon's Cicero" which you
will find, I think in my book-closet. Also a piece of black alpacca from
my piece-bag, like my over-skirt; I want enough to face a placet-hole.
The book is for Annie, and is wanted right-away.
If convenient, I should like a check for twenty or thirty dollars,
and I should also like to have father write to Dr. Wood to have a brace
ready to be fitted to me when I go home; then I could come back a day or
two in advance, and stop in
a good one? I must have a new brace in the Spring, for the one I am
wearing is worn and soiled. I cannot write to the doctor myself, for
I don't^what arrangement father may make with him. Perhaps father
will see the doctor sometime when he is in New York.
I hear from Mary Sanford that the bride is, or has been at
your house; and that Rufus has been down Annie Lord writes. How for-
tunate for me, that my friends tell me about the doings of my relations I
We had a delightful lecture last night from Donald G. Mitchell
(Ike Marvel) on the subject, "How to make Home beautiful." He threw
out some very good hints, and all given in a charming style. He does
not believe in "best rooms" shut up,
Are you all tired out with company? What are you going to
do for a minister? Who plays the organ when Mary is sick? Please
write me and answer all the questions the first of the week. Love to all,
not forgetting the girls and Miss Doten.
Your affectionate daughter,