South Truro, Mass. May 13
We left in such confusionso exhausted going through all one's effects, the agonies of decision, & of family strife where there were differences of opinionE. H. having had a bad spell the week before & holding up the party for that reason & I on the verge of collapseso many considerations churning about in one's mind all at oncethat altho I had before me on a long list"Phone Bee" there never was a minute when I could do thisuntil after 2 o'clock in the morningthe night I sat up to wash my hair& E. H. was in bed & had stopped yapping.
We've been here over a week E. H. is doing splendidly. He picked up surprisingly the minute the car left our door. Car took 2 days to pack. It's a bit chilly here but gorgeous & we manage to keep fairly warm. Our neighbor's house is quite solidit's a little 18th century colonial farm house & we're quite comfortable. It is so good of her to let us have it. She & her daughter came all the way down from Boston to get the house ready & to receive us. Then after 2 days rest we went up to visit them on Chesnut Hill.
Nothing done yet about the little housebut it looks like we were going to have a Boston man do it. We were taken to see some houses he did in Brookline & Ches. Hill & they were lovelyso chaste lookinglike E. H.'s watercolors that is like the style of his watercolorsnot the subjects. It would be a great relief to hand it all over to him& know that he has taste as well as knowledge. But how terrifyingly the costs do mount. But E. H.'s health is so much better here& the Cape is lovely. So much finer here now all to ourselves. The Cape people aren't going to like our getting in outside talentto direct the workI'm worried about that& we, their lawful prey tooto fall to an outsider and such problems! However to get a car up that hill & how back around to come out without going over a precipice!
I do hope you are enjoying the C. C. I'm so glad for the swimming poolto know you have that when you haven't better. Do keep well. I hope poor Bessie isn't worrying you. It is such a pity that the one infallible should be stricken.
I know how you loathe writingbut would like to have some notion where you'll be from time to time. No catching the tail of your comet east summer I know. I wish we weren't so immersed in uncertaintiesbut it's fine to have E. H. so much better.
With much loveJo
From the Elizabeth Hooper Blanchard Papers, #3367, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.