Excerpt from Letters of S. A. Kellogg
Did you think I had quite forgotten you? It looked very much so I admit. I have written, I know, two or three times to each of the other children and I have never written you a word that I can remember. I have neglected you without any cause. Will you accept a very meek apology and a prom ise from me to do better in future and so let me off? If you will, I will remember my promise and keep it, too.
Now, in the first place, I would like to know how large you are, so I may know just how to talk; but I don't know and so I shall have to guess, though I assure you it is decidedly hard to guess and unpleasant when you don't guess right. I tried it once and was badly sold. I was thrown back a whole period, and feel very cheap yet, and as I don't like myself to be sold and cut up very fine, and I don't suppose you would like it, either, let me give you a little advice if it doesn't look to you too oﬂicious. When you go away from home, if you ever do, to stay a great while, and I hope you never may, and you leave behind you little children and you begin to write them letters at first, do you either keep on writing regularly or else drop it altogether. Don't st0p for two years or more and then begin again, for if you do, the chances are that you will be so badly sold that you will feel as cheap as I do. And by the way, J amie, isn 't it strange that you haven't written me a note even before this time? I know I should have written first, but you wouldn't insist upon formality with me. Would you? What have I been doing since I came away? I expect you have been growing like the rest and learning a great deal; tell me what? Tell me what sport you have, and how you pass your time away. And, J amie, will you listen to me, and will you remem ber it, when I tell you that of all the good things in the world to know is the best. You can't know too much and I hope there is no danger that you will know too little. I shall find out how much you have improved when I come back, and if I think it is too little, I shall tell you so, and if I think you havelearned enough for the time, I shall - well, I won't tell you what I will do, but I won't scold you.
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