Letter: Margaret Bancroft to Milton Bancroft, August 1900

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SANDY SPRING 1000 MD

Milton Bancroft Esq. 30 East 14th St.; New York City N. Y.

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[stamp] NEW YORK AUG. 2 8-AM 19 00 N.Y. [stamp 2] STA[?] 0 RECEIVED 3

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Tell him how anxious we are to avoid future mishpas, and ask him to tell thee the [quie?] means - he must know. The little sketch of Brooklyn Bridge gave me such delight - if thee keeps true to thyself - that second self thee will come out nobly my Sweetheart and the strongest desire I have in this world is to help thee to thy attainment of thy ideals - that is why I take calming what is not pleasant to one. I feel that I lighten thy way by so doing. All love and trust and hope & honour Margaret.

2005.0028.00259 Norwood, My darling - though my brain is bursting with things to say to thee my hand is powerless to write them - such heat and not a cloud in the sky - I can comprehend how the "Sun" has become a personality to the savages of Africa. I watch for his going down at night as for the departure of a feared and hated enemy. and his coming up above the eastern horizon is the sign for darkened rooms and stealthy movements to keep out of his clutch. Six days of it and not a sign

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of relief - I thank the good stars which have taken thee out of New York. I could not write thee down there because I had no address. I have only had mental strength to read "Aurora Leigh" which I found full of the noblest thoughts I have ever read in any book - Mrs. Browning must have been one of those human angels who sojourn on earth to lighten the way for [brethern"] of a less fine clay. and yet who have the leaven of inspiration & aspiration at work within them.

All the invalids better here - There is a French paper for us at the Bristol if thee cares to get it. Mlle. Boyer sent it. Such a nice letter from Mlle. Boyer about the Exposition. I wish thee could go to Shelter Island, but know how thee feels and thee is quite right. Why not send some head pieces to Sat. Even. Post? Glad thee and Dr. Devlin have had such pleasant chats - does that book give any practical suggestions. I would have a candid talk with Dr. D. T

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in the afternoon is now the time put down for sailing, but it may be changed. How lovely thee must feel without Milton and Jeannot, and Norwood must seem very different from what it was a month ago. It is a fine thing for Jeannot to be at Shelter Island and I know "Aunt Tilt" is more than pleased to have him. We shall be so glad to see Milton in New York. Dear me! how he did work for us before the wedding, and I hope both thee and he realize how much we appreciate all he did for us.

233 Bowen St Providence, R. I. Dear Margaret: Thy letter sent to Watch Hill was duly received, and was most welcome. It is just two weeks since we left that lovely seaside place and came here. The time spent there was pleasnt in the extreme, and we shall always look back upon it as upon an ideal existence.

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