Annie Adams Fields
To ANNIE ADAMS FIELDS
May 20, , Wheeling, Virginia
Although your letter requires no reply, forgive me if I acknowledge it. Words so courteous and womanly could not fail to meet the cordiallist of measures, even if their tenor were less pleasant.
I am glad that Mr. Fields desires me to remain a contributor to the Atlantic.
I will try and meet his wishes by being more cheerful. Though humor had need to be high and warm as
God’s sunshine to glow cheerily on Virginia soil just now.
Will you add to your former kindness by requesting Mr. Fields to return the last story? I have no copy.
Very sincerely your friend
R. B. Harding—