I am half ashamed of my self for not having written to thee before, but must plead business or busy-ness as my excuse. I have been very busy & more & more so every day, so fearing I should have no time to write to thee I have snatched a few moments this evening & must beg thee to excuse any evidences of haste thee may see.
Thy letter to mother arrived almost a week ago & I was much pleased to hear from thee though the letter was not to me. I hope thee is enjoying thyself as I have no doubt thee is, though I heard the other day that one of the Jessups I don’t know which (isn’t that tantalizing) was engaged to a young lady in Con-
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