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[117] your dear little child may arrive safely, and gladden your heart with its sweet face. What a new world will its birth open to you, an ocean of love unfathomed even by your loving heart. I cannot tell you the comfort I have in my little ones, troublesome as they sometimes are. However weary I may be at night, it is sweet to feel that I have devoted the day to them. I am become quite an adept in washing and dressing, and curl my little Fo-fo's hair beautifully. Tell Donald that I can even wash out the little crease in her back, without rubbing the skin off....


To her sister Annie 1

1846.
My poor dear little Ante-nuptial, I will write to you, and I will come to you, though I can do you no good -sentiment and sympathy I have none, but such insipidity as I have give I unto thee ... Dear Annie, your marriage is to me a grave and solemn matter. I hardly allow myself to think about it. God give you all happiness, dearest child. Some sufferings and trials I fear you must have, for after all, the entering into single combat, hand to hand, with the realities of life, will be strange and painful to one who has hitherto lived, enjoyed, and suffered, en l'air, as you have done. . . . To be happily married seems to me the best thing for a woman. Oh my sweet Annie, may you be happy --your maidenhood has been pure, sinless, loving, beautiful — you have no remorses, no anxious thought about the past. You have lived to make the earth


1 before the marriage of the latter to Adolphe Mailliard.

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