FLEUR DE LYS
WESTPORT, ESSEX COUNTY
[inscription nearby: "This, too, is my stapler."]
February 10, 1945
MISS SIDONIA ELLIS
218 ELM STREET
A thousand thanks for the reassuring amount of paper you sent. And enclosed please find my check for $7.75 made out, as you directed, to the College.
You will find enclosed a new list. Do what you can, please, toward getting it filled for me. The office work is heavy and hard, - especially hard on Mrs. Roberts and me, for we have to pinch-hit in a score of other ways. My own New York State work has been miserably neglected, - as the enclosed list will suggest to you that other things, too, have been neglected in the attempt to surround Miss Woolley with the day-long and night-long care which her condition makes necessary. Our supplies in both offices are exhausted except for the materials which you have already sent in. The box of manila folders on the list should come right, left and middle, and are the typewriter page size.
The enclosed bulletins will tell you more than a letter can. Although aside from the tragedy which no one can alter basically now, it is all very puzzling. If work is prayer, as Susan B. Anthony said it was, then we "pray" all the time .... You help tremendously by your willingness, in the midst of much larger matters, to take care of these little orders. Every week here in these north woods in order to supply the house with necessary food and to get the treatments I still have to have I cover a circuit of 120 miles. By this time I think I must know all the shopping places. Places that used to have paper and secretarial supplies have them no longer.
My love and gratitude to you, dear Sidonia,
The top wire in the Bulletins is my stapler wire.