A.L.S. May 23 [post 1878]. �Aff. Sister� [Roxana Chapin Gerdine] to �Dear Sister� [Emily McKinstry Chapin]. 2pp. West Point, MS.)
West Point May 23rd"
Your letter was rec�d yesterday I was sorry to hear that Willie was sick. It seems to me that he is delicate is he not? I hope he is well now. I would have dosed him with Calomel at night and Quinine the next day and he would have been all right. I am so sorry also to hear of Wilburs illness from your letter I should think there was no hope for him. he was such a fine looking bright promising boy. I know his mother must feel it very much. Don�t talk about that north chamber I want to go so much but it is an utter impossibility and I must yield gracefully to the inevitable If I am living five weeks I shall then be free from the treadmill of school but then I shall go to the plantation to spend a month in getting the Gen House fences &c in order. it is such a lovely place to me. I can not bear to go my old servants brought me yesterday from the plantation a large basketful of Cape Jerramines the odor fills the house as I write but they with their dazzling whiteness remind me so much of a funeral. When the sun gets a little lower I am going to carry them over to the Cemetery. Mr. G always walked in the garden before breakfast and picked a fresh one brought it and laid it on my plate. we have such a splendid busy at the plantation. One more thing you can get for me when you happen to be at the place I want some of those tin [crones] & wreaths to put in the
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