My dear Alice
Sarah may decide not to go to Italy with her party but to come home early in time for school early in Sept. If Marcet wanted to come with her, that would make a shorter summer and still give her the benefit of the sea voyage. I am writing the isolated facts as they come up, so that you may have all the evidence in before you decide. Mary Smith and I spent last Sunday at St Louis [where] we had a delightful day with the [page 2] young people and their dear babies. The little Mary is a charmer!
Always your loving sister,