On receiving letters

How quite nice it is to receive letters. A person has made the effort to organize his/her thoughts about you and took diligently to the paper, whereupon the ink is carefully settled on the vista. And you are able to see before you the many objects that have been formed of their impressions of you – objects that daily hide in the shadows of casual conversation, eager to reveal themselves at a more opportune time. Still more pleasant is if they recount an occasion where you had done them a good deed and thus remark upon the friendship with a smile of earnest gratitude. What can be more warming to the heart, more soothing to the mind than that; an appreciation for your simply being there?

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