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The Harvard electrical engineer writes affectionate letter to his friend, informing her he won't be able to visit at Easter, signs name in black ink Autograph letter signed: "Will" in black ink. 6 pages, 4½x7 folded, 7x9 flat.

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The Harvard electrical engineer writes affectionate letter to his friend, informing her he won't be able to visit at Easter, signs name in black ink
Autograph letter signed: "Will" in black ink. 6 pages, 4½x7 folded, 7x9 flat. Perkins Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. March 29, 1896. In full: "My dear Sister:- Your letter came yesterday, and as you said to let you know at once if I should spend Easter with you I will consecrate part of this Holy Day in answering your letter. I greatly appreciate your kindness - darling - in sending the invitation and I should enjoy nothing better than being with you during Easter, but circumstances over which I have no control force me to decline - The circumstances are these: Unlike most places our Spring vacation does not come at Easter, in fact, does not commence until the 19th of the month, so at Easter we have no vacation except the day. The reason for this is simply, the weather, which is always better during the last part of the month. (So they say). For my part I see no sense in it, as it is a guess at best. There have been several "kicks" against it but it will come as usual this year. So, my dear, I thank you all and it is needless to say I regret things are, as they are. Well spring has at last struck Cambridge, it has poured nearly all day. I suppose it's a necessary evil but it seems as though Spring ought only to come in Leap Year. You naughty girl to get your little tribbies wet when Grandpa told you not to. But, of course, it wasn't your fault the last time. I think that was about the "cheapest thing" I ever heard of - especially a ladies rubber, being filled with water. Hope you have spotted the person who did it. H surely out to have his enthusiasm dampened and his career postulated with a period. As to myself have given up wearing rubbers as it is an expensive luxury around here - especially for anyone who dines in Memorial, and by the way, there was quite an article in to-days Herald on Memorial. Perhaps you, might like to read it. Will send it tomorrow. Wish I had the next member of the Lampoon to enclose with it but it has not been delivered yet. Well I forgot to say what I started to - namely, if a fellow wears rubbers to Memorial it's about ten to one he won't wear them back, due principally to the democratic spirit there prevalent. Well it is time for me to mend my way toward Memorial for dinner so will close for the present. Bye - bye now, my dear - the "stage at Eve has drunk his fill" and is now enjoying his evening cigar - however he is also enjoying writing to his dear sister and I hope she will pardon her brother if the order of this paper testifies to the fact - Oh yes, you wanted to know which young man the tall or the short one had the sister - it is the tall one - it is needless to say the author had some one in mind when he composed that. I am glad to hear you have decided not to move; if you changed your address I am afraid half of the letters I wrote to you would go to the wrong place as I would direct them to 516. Carlton Ave. from a mere force of habit. You enquired if Mr. Percival has returned - Yes - dear. He has been back for some time and is busy now catching up; is drawing pictures at present - and just now I asked him what he had to say for himself - He says - "Give her my love" - and tell her "the air around here is the color of the ink she uses". I can substantiate this statement as if there is one thing he hates to do more than another - it is to work. But really one would not think he had been to Church this morning, to hear it - I didn't not go this morning and it is too late to go now so will wait till next Week to redeem myself. Of Course, will have to go Easter morning wouldn't miss it for anything, and I know you won't. Now my dear write soon. With much love to you I remain, As ever". William H. Radcliffe (b. 1873) graduated from Harvard University in May 1896, and worked as an electrical engineer and professor. Radcliffe wrote Telephone Instruments, Their Operation, Arrangement and Management in 1913 and Home Study Course in Practical Electricity in 1916. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Light surface creases. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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