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Martha Berry writes to Mrs. Whittlesey to thank her for her gift, saying that she writes very well and that when Miss Berry sees her clear and distinct handwriting, she knows Mrs. Whittlesey is bringing good news to Berry. She also tells Mrs. Whittlesey about Christmas at the Berry Schools and asks Mrs. Whittlesey to visit to see the boys and girls.

Berry updates Ladd on her health and her summer after not being able to write to her for quite some time. Berry speaks of her loneliness during her summer rest, when she thought of Ladd often and always felt her near.

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