“My dear Ella, You see I have started for Windham and have made my first fifteen miles. I expect to leave here about four-thirty this afternoon and will drive to Waterbury where I will put up for the night. Tomorrow night I hope to be in Middletown if everything goes on well and the horse is not too tired. I left the house at Branchville at five o’clock and arrived here about nine; so that both man and beast have had a rest. The day has been beautiful and I only wish you could have been with me; I know you would enjoy all the variety of scenes. The wagon rides very easily and I like it, although it is nothing to boast of. How delighted I will be to see the dear little chicks again, it seems as if I had been away a month already. 
I do not know if I wrote you that I did not find the box your mother wanted, as there was note there except one paper box of possibly a dress or some such thing.
All along the road trees are to be seen torn up by the roots, and limbs scattered. I do hope it was not so severe in Windham. This hotel is very comfortable and the town a very pretty New England village. I saw it first from the hill, where it looks its best. 
With love to Caro, Dorothy and dear little Cora – not forgetting your own good self.  Believe me, Affectionately, Julian My kind regards to your mother."

J. Alden Weir, Dick’s Hotel, Newtown, Connecticut to Ella Baker, Windham, 31 August 1893
Dorothy Weir Young Papers, Vault MSS 1291, Box 3, folder 8, Weir Family Papers,
L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.

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