James T. Fields
To JAMES T. FIELDS
January 25, 1861, Wheeling
You do not owe me these $’s at all! It is pure pretense on your part, because the original price was paid all at once, you recollect? My first impulse was to return it and explain. And then I remembered that “it is easier to give than to receive gracefully.” So I say it is all right, and business-like, of course! But “no more o’that, Hal.” “John Brent” came safely. Thank you for sending it. What a clear pretty volume you have made of it. We are all in the snow here too. I wish you and Mrs. Fields would come and see Wheeling white. I wish you both would come and see me this winter. I can promise you nothing but a welcome from all the family, half Irish, and half Virginia. Will it tempt you?
R. B. H.
I sent the last proof and a note enclosed the other day.