London November 28, 1892
Mrs. Helen Brace Emerson
My dear Helen,
We were sorry not to see you and our brother Joseph, and still more sorry to hear of the wretched jargon that had been deluged into your ears. I should be glad to know, having heard different rumors, what it really was from your point of view. I cannot look with patience upon the thoughtless perpetrators of such mischief.
There is a presence always with me and an undertone in my life which makes those lines of Wordsworth’s most pathetic in their new meaning.
“Alas! I know where’er I go
That there has past away a glory from the earth.”
With tender remembrance,
Frances E. Willard