Mrs- Emma Willard.
Troy F. School.
Apologies are too unwieldy for me.
But sense of duty, I hope, I feel.
Your son's [past] call I promised to respect.
But my paroxisms of [?] keep me indoors;
and I dare not pass our gate. Nothing but
ill health could have kept me at home.
I made up my mind (excuse me if I
am arrogant) to attend every fore-noon
during your course; and to make up
my mind, and to tell you in my
plain manner, ^ of your series of studies.
But I was forbidden by my horrific
[?]. I am better today; but I dare
not attempt to expose my lungs.
Please accept a sincere tender
of my affectionate devotion to
our ^ years friendship.
Feb. 21- 1837