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Tax Collector Leola Matthews sends Martha Berry a letter containing the amount she owes in state and county taxes for 1929 on land purchased from M.H. Ladd.

Martha Berry praises Mrs. Hammond for her work with the Pilgrimages. She expresses some surprise that Mrs. Landenberg will be on the visit since she is "so purely society". She also sends her sympathies about the death of Mr. Macy and hopes Mrs. Ladd will donate a building in his memory. She says the boys really need a science and agriculture building, especially now that the girls have such a wonderful facility provided by Mr. Ford.

Florence J. Vaughn, assistant to Kate Macy Ladd, conveys Ladd's instruction regarding flooring. Vaughn also comments on Ladd's health and the weather.

Miss Berry writes to thank Mrs. Carson for her visit and friendship. She welcomes her to Berry any time and says she is doubly welcome as a friend of Berry and of Mrs. Ladd.

Berry remembers her visit with Ladd fondly, commenting on Ladd's loveliness. She plans to order the piano for Lemley soon, which the boys think is wonderful.

Martha Berry writes that she was delighted to receive a letter in Ladd's own handwriting and that she imagines Ladd's beautiful smile. Berry thanks Ladd for her friendship and contributions. She speaks of the library that they donated and boxes of candy that they sent to the students who in return sent them to their younger siblings. She wishes recovery and good health for Mr. Ladd.

Martha Berry has been much in Ladd's thoughts, but Christmas commitments, deaths and illness in the family, and her own serious kidney attack have prevented her from writing. She knows Berry understands, but wanted this time to write in her own hand. [pages out of order]

Lists of people receiving presents (fruit cakes, angel food cakes, lavender bags, paper knives, candy) from the Berry Schools at Christmas in 1927.

Ladd wishes her letter were in her own handwriting, but she has not been well and spent most of Christmas in bed, followed by the grippe at New Year's. Mr. Ladd continues to struggle with his injured leg.

Martha Berry writes to Mrs. Ladd to thank her for the Christmas candy she sent, and tells her how happy it makes the students. She informs Mrs. Ladd that Christmas was sad as her mother broke her hip and then passed away in December. She says that the end was peaceful, however, and that the whole family was together. She explains that she thought about telegraphing Mrs. Ladd because she needed sympathy but since Mrs. Ladd was unwell, Miss Berry decided to wait to write.

Martha Berry accepts an invitation from Mrs. Ladd to visit her in Bar Harbor for a month that summer. Martha expects to escape the heat of the Georgia summer, and she expresses her hope that Mr. Ladd will continue with his recovery.


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