Mr. Langdon is perceptibly better. The doctor has some hope of his recovery.
Upon second thoughts I have concluded to simply put the Czar & his Minister on cards, to be slipped loosely within the fly-leaves of the books—not fastened in any way. Send the Minister’s to him by some personal friend of his, ‸(Gen. Hawley I think you said,)‸ & send the Czar’s through our Minister at St Petersburgh.2
Whenever you are ready for a “blow” on the 75th thousand, send me a brief note to inquire if I [could ]attend a dinner to celebrate it—& I will answer [No as ] [afflably ]& felicitously as possible, & thus we’ll save the dinner & yet compass the advertisement.3
My love to your folks & hearty congratulations to Frank.4
Provenance:W. T. H. Howe owned the MS until 1939; in 1940 Dr. Albert A. Berg bought the
Howe Collection for NN (Cannon, 185–86).
Emendations and textual notes:
editions • edition[s] [written off edge]
could • [possibly ‘could’]
No as • No a [written off edge]
afflably • [sic]