But nothing was as interesting to me as this letter from Mr. Ronald Paton, dashed off in December 1893.
There is a box. There is a thwarter (M. Dana). And there is yearning.
But is it a proposal? What do you think?
263 Clarendon Street
I never realized my own stupidity full until a few days ago when I started to get you something for Christmas. I didn’t want to get you candy or flowers for I was presumptuous enough to wish that you might have something lying about that might, at intervals but for a long time, remind you that in the “Fall” of ’93, you made a Scottish friend who would do a good deal for you, who always will remember you with the kindest feeling — Who looks forward to meeting you often in the next two-score years or so, and who always will look back to “October ’93″ and wish that the train through the Berkshire Hills had been longer far.
I had the litte box in my pocket when I called tonight, but I could not present it through the medium of M. Dana.
Believe me (unint.)
Ronald Noel Paton
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