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WEST CORNWALL, CONN. [[Sept 29.]] 189

My Dear Mr. Eldridge:

Your very kind letter arrived here last week while I was in N.Y.  I went down to a reunion of my Father's family.  My brother and sister from Norfolk & Atlanta were there with our Parents.  It's the first time we've been together in ten years!  A delightfull time we had to and I spent the week there sketching about the city from the Battery to Harlem!  It was perfect sketching weather.  I know you well enjoy

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the things I made.  It is such a pleasure to anticipate the pleasure [[strikethrough]] ones [[/strikethrough]] my friends will find in new and interesting things I do.  I don't think conciet enters into the joy in the least.  It is beyond my powers to describe the feeling but it surely is one of the richest rewards that comes to any artist.  I'm now busy with the lovely Fall things about here.  I appreciate fully all you say of the circumstance that led to you delay in answering my letter and what you say of the pictures.  As I explained I shall need the money very much a little later.  If it was merely a matter of placing it with a surplus I should beg you to postpone payment a year.  as it is I am dependent upon
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