Mary Rozet Smith to Lillian D. Wald, ca. June [15-28?], 1904




Dear Lady

I wonder whether Miss Addams told you that our child has been so wicked that we feel that she must be disciplined this summer. The poor lamb has an opportunity to earn her board working in the country with an extremely nice woman [page 2] with a few faithful souls in charge.

I was so touched and pleased by your mother's goodness in making me that beauteous waist. It was lovely of her and I wish I were more "worthy." My entire family sends affectionate greetings to you. My gratitude for your kind offer for [my?] child is great and [page 3] and I suppose I shall send her, though she does look an absurd [atom?] to be doing daily toil. You were an angel to offer to shelter her at one of the country houses, but every one seems to think the journey East would be too great a task for a child who has not been a model of virtue.

Miss Addams has sent [page 4] very scrappy bits of news from Portland. I only know that it was interesting and that you were all there.

I am actually trying to go away next week, but it does seem an absurd effort with my feeble elders and my untruthful young ward and dozens of things to be done.

Hull-House is empty and forlorn. [page 5] My affection is unchanging. Please greet the household for me and believe me Always devotedly yours

Mary R. Smith

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