Livy darling, I talked in Randolph last night, to a most delightful & jolly little audience. I was happy, because I knew that as it had been fairly pouring rain for 3 hours, & was still pouring, nobody would be there except such as came for the love of [it. House ] two-thirds full, & we had a royal good time.1
Have just arrived from Randolph & had breakfast. (11 AM.)2 But I’ve been awake since 6, & I do feel so rusty & stupid! You see those country [hotels ] always ring a gong at 6 & another at half-past, & between the two they would snake out Lazarus himself, let alone me, who am a light sleeper when nervous.
So with very very great love
Provenance:see Samossoud Collection in Description of Provenance.
Emendations and textual notes:
(hang • [no closing parenthesis]
it. House • it.—ǀHouse
hotels • hoteles
boston mass. nov. 11 m • [o] n [ss]. nov. 11 [ m] [badly inked]