Letter: Margaret Bancroft to Milton Bancroft, May 9, 1900

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Sandy Spring MAY 19 1 PM 1900 MD

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

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NEW YORK MAY 10 7-AM 19 00 N. Y.

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Norwood, May 9th, 1900.

My darling -

The [loveliest?] most musical Summer rain is falling - as it falls on the old box walk it sounds like a subdued melody. I suppose thee hears the same music on the glass of the skylight, but it must lack some of the sweetness, although my homesick ears would give a great deal to hear it. I can't get used to having to write as the sole means of communing with thee: I really can't fall in and say all that my brain [?] with for thee. I wonder why it has to be, but that it is right. I feel sure. I am feeling much better though still so tired often. I am very quick go up & down stairs as little possible, and lie down whenever I feel like it and I really would not dare to tell thee at what hour I go to bed. The joy of child ren when you have a home for them passes all my understanding - Jean is the greatest comfort to me down here, and we have a great deal of [satis?]

thought for her. Writing tires me so I concentrate on thee, and don't get many other letters written. Don't think my letters are stupid - they are full of love for thee and that reminds me will thee give me leave to destroy all my old love letters to thee? I was reading them the other day and they seemed so immature and childish that I feel ashamed of them. Thee will never read them again, and they are bad witnesses for me. I wont touch them without they permission. Mrs. Moore suggests that thee make a McClure cover with a steamer leaving this shore and the Exposition buildings in the background.

There is great excitement at present ovedr the telephone [illegible] & a scheme to turn Joe Jr. out of the Treasurership. Jean sends love and a kiss to Popertie and Popertie knows my message to him is unchanging of the name of Esther Hallett for thy daughter - my great gran except that it is ever necessary in [illegible] & quality. Thine Margaret

{Writing between the two pages: What does thee think of Esther Hallett for thy daughter - my great grandma & her's name. Please send me a package of stamp hinges.}

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Just now I kissed Jean and said "thee's a treasure", and he answered me by saying "Poperties a treasure". Jean has been so distressed since he found out that "Amire would turn old like Prissy." He was talking to Mrs. M. about it last night, and finaly Mrs. M. said to him - "What will thee do, Jeannot, when Amire turned old?" and Jean answered quick as a flash "Take care of you". that pleased Mrs. Moore very much.

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