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Transcription of a Letter to Helena deKay Gilder from Mary Hallock Foote

Mary Hallock Foote to Helena deKay Gilder, 15 November 1876

You cannot really be worried about Charley's interest in Miss L! It seems to me to be so very inappropriate as to be quite absurd- not that he should be interested in her but that he should be entangled, so to speak. After such women as Miss Stickney, Olivia Ward- but this is very absurd of me whose ideas of what would suit Charley are necessarily colored by what would suit me.-and who have never seen the young lady. Must I confess that the facts of her being of Jewish blood and an aspiring young poetess are my great stumbling blocks in her case. Was there ever anything so unreasonable in one who is herself of a "peculiar people" and one of the pitiful aspirers! It seems a pity that she should be so gushing about Charley. That sort of thing is always very dreadful to other women-a lowering of the pride of us all, and it is very bad for men.

Roth Young, Bette
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