My dear Alice
We were much disappointed not to see you yesterday - I had a faith that you were coming after all until your letter arrived. I am quite homesick to see you this morning, and wish I were going to Girard instead of Omaha - whence I fare forth in a few minutes. Cousin Charlie and Eliza have been as kind as possible and while I was quite tired when I came I feel rested now in spite of the fact that I have given a long lecture. Esther's baby is so pretty and dear. I spent Sunday in St. Louis and came away with a lot of cherubic [illegible] [page 2] memory. Esther is looking very well and expects the new baby any time between the 5th & 17th. I said that you had suggested taking Louise but she looked quite startled at the prospect of parting from her--she is really a most devoted mother and it seems to me a very successful one. Cousin Eliza sends her love and hopes you are coming to see them soon. I met Mrs Moffat and others of your friends who all were much disappointed. With much love to you always your loving sister.