My dear Alice
Thank you very much for the birthday present. I am going to insist on a fine old fashioned cloth we saw at Gloucester the other day. [At?] least the [lace?] was fine and I quite yearned to have [in] one of the old rooms of H. H.
I hope very much that you are coming to Chicago when Marcet comes east. I am trying to make a little vacation out of Sept by taking few speaking engagements and otherwise prolonging the summer <because of a somewhat battering winter>. We would have lots of time to go to an [aurist] together and any where else that you would like to go.
It is quite possible that Esther and [page 2] her family will go back to Albuquerque Oct 1st if Charlie's offer there turns out to be as good as it looks now. It might be your only chance to see the children for a long time -- I always think of them as "Mary's grandchildren" and almost wrote it so and I assure you that they are well worth seeing. "Brother" [is] one of the most enticing young persons I have ever encountered.
We are making some changes at the House which I am sure you would find interesting. I won't try to describe them but will send you the H. H. Year Book upon which I have been working steadily for a week.
Please give my love to Marcet and do plan to come in Sept. for a long visit.
Always your loving sister Jane Addams
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Please excuse pencil, I am writing this on a train in spite of my resolution not to lecture I am addressing a convention of Episcopal Clergyman at Wheaton today. I am expecting Laura back from Colorado today or tomorrow her special ticket expires. She has had a nice visit with Sarah. She and Miss Hannig went out together as you doubtless know.