I thought the tea party was very nice and the children docile and quiet as befitted a [party] of old ladies. Please don't think that it wasn't all right. I told Mary Smith afterward that the household -- place and people -- was in a model condition. One can't be at the very top notch [page 2] of social grace all the time, and I really thought that my part of the party didn't do very well. However they all spoke of it with pleasure on the way home and had really liked it a good deal.
I am sure you will let me tell you, how much I appreciate and admire your successful care of Eri [page 3] during all those weeks. I think that you were all kinds of a brick and I know that there were various and subtle difficulties to be met.
I want you to know that I admire and love you for it. I hope you aren't going the first of May, but in any event, I shall see you this week. With love to J. W. and the little [girls].
I am always yours affectionately Aunt J. A.