My dear Alice
You were very kind to send the ten dollars, I am sure you know that I do not figure up the cost and am always delighted to have my nieces and nephews come with their friends.
I shall be here all through the Xmas [break?] and before and after and should be delighted to put Marcet on the train or to take her to Kansas City if you would feel more comfortable. I travel so easily that I wouldn't mind the journey in the least. Laura goes down to Esther next Saturday to stay until the day before Xmas which she [page 2] and Sarah are going to spend in Rockford. I will be here of course with at least some of the Linnets.
With dearest love to you always your loving sister