[undated; late March 1906]
Your picture letter setting forth the facts that you are painting with one hand and playing “bridge” and calling with the others made me feel (in your difficult “job”) much abused also aggravated by the words “I may be back some time.”
The letter saying that you had finished the portraits of the children to your satisfaction gave me a sense of relief and hope that your return might not be too far distant.
I hope that I have given satisfaction as substitute in the School but do not feel very confident of it.—I have on one or two occasions felt that I was doing very well at other times it seems like singing a song repeating ideas etc.
If possible it would be fine if you could have the children picture photographed so that I could see it
I am glad that Mrs Craige like the portrait plate and that my packing and shipping of the frames & glass was successful—
By the way you will be interested to hear that thro’ notice in the Phila Press today I learn that the proof of this plate sent to Phila Water Color show has been sold—to whom I dont know—I dont even remember what price I put on it—
I have now five proofs of ten plates from Peters, which look very well—Chas. Mielatz who is in charge of the etching end of the N.Y. Water Color show this year came to see me and wants me to send these ten and the Memory plate to the ex. Since they are insisting on white frames he says he will lend me frames for the ex.
No—I intended to cut out the Dialogue and send it to you but it slipped me so probably Fitz himself sent it to you
I enclose an editorial which appeared later on the same subject.
Last night Dolly and I went to the Francis for dinner. Preston’s & Glackens went down to the “Lair beyond the Moat” and had a right good evening—Glackens, Shinn or somebody who dont care particularly for the credit has painted a big panel in the cellar showing J.M. in high hat and ladies lingerie playing “frog” with unmentionable accessories others of the crowd grotesquely disarrayed standing and seated around. James says “its too bad it will have to be painted out” I hope this dont happen before your return for its a funny thing
I have finished the Collier story and delivered it without much applause mine or theirs—And have about finished another better story for the Sat. Eve. Post This work with the teaching has made me feel pretty busy—Well that about all I have in the way of news—I wish you good success with the Mrs S. portrait and will hand over the “chair” at the school with great relief on your return Don’t feel however that I’m worried too much by the Professional Duties I simply feel that perhaps Im very “flat” to the students in contrast [drawing of The Class in Composition].
Best wishes from Mrs S