Saranac Lake- Jan. 14th, 1897Dearest Mother,Tom, I expect has already written thee today, but I wanted to send a few lines by the evening mail to tell thee how much Alfred has enjoyed the roses thee sent him yesterday. When they came he was so dull he seemed hardly to notice them, but this morning he was unusually bright, & when I carried them into his room with some lovely orchids which Aunt Sue had sent him, he exclaimed, "Oh, how lovely, let me smell them." I had arranged the yellow roses in a little black pitcher which came from Lake Placid, & which suited them exactly- I sat down beside him, while M. went for something & he asked me, if the ham was good which we had for breakfast. I said, "Yes, very good, how did thee know that we had ham?"
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