My dear Mr. Bloomsberg / As soon

as my letter had gone to you
I realized the difficulty
I had place before you.
  But I have been so
eager to do this--I saw
no other way.  In all things
I am venturesome rather 
than practical.
  I think you mistake
my letter in imagining
I ???? our friend under
paid. I repeat I know
nothing of her income for
you--but do know she
feels the greatest grat-
itude to you for giving
her the place she has.
  I only know that
a few times in my



     Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Transcription by Richard A. Edwards
Original held by Alexander Autographs, Inc.