My Dear Friend, Miss Rachel Smith. I apologize for the delay in my post. My activities here have kept me rather busy. When I arrived at Herald House I was dismayed to see a vague depression that hung over the family. In one week we have seen many events and improvements. Cousin Rosemary needed a proper friend to support her during this time of transition within the family. I am honored to have been able to fulfill that need. Mr. Willoby senior has hired an estate manager and the improvements are already evident. The senior Willoby’s are leaving Herald House on the 20th to return to Meadow Grove. It was their intention to leave a day later but word has come that Mr. Michael Willoby is already in residence there. He has been abroad since the untimely death of his brother, Mr. Roland. Cousin Rosemary is pleased that he has returned and hopes that he will come up to Herald House over the holidays. I plan to return Jan. 7 by train and will contact you at that time. Merry Christmas and my best wishes to your family and friends at the grand Christmas Eve Ball. I am so dismayed that I cannot attend, however, Cousin Rosemary is my charge for now.
Until then, Your Dear Friend,
Miss Lucy Augustine