Dear Sister Kelley
I will manage Cal. if you really want me and can tell me what to say. I have had a tremendous pull this week with J. Lathrop standing by like fifty [trumps].
Esther Linn was married last Sept. to Charley Hulbert, son of the Dean of the Divinity School at the U of C. The foolish things meant to keep it secret for six years until he finished his university [page 2] and medical course. The inevitable thing happened -- a baby will come in Oct and the tussel between our side and Dr Harper was on. Dr Harper said let the boy finish his course, keep it quiet for a year [illegible]. We said prompt and public announcement.
The papers have been splendid and implied no [hint] with the simple dignified announcement. The young people are in Cedarville publicly introduced as man and wife and I am now [page 3] looking for a job for my new nephew Charley -- aged 21 in May -- a bright boy who has never earned fifty dollars in his life.
In a moment of excitement I told Dr Harper that "academic morals had gone to the Devil." I am prepared to prove that statement to you when I see you. If you can find it your heart to write Esther just a word <of congratulation> I shall be very grateful. Her name is Mrs Chas E. Hulbert Cedarville Ill. [page 4]
While there is yet time [to] drill Margaret against that sort of thing -- it seems just now as if nothing could be much worse. The thought of you comforts me even with a thousand miles between --
June 30" 1901