Mr. Hall Lippincott
My very dear friend,
Not a line has come from you since your registered letter. I asked July 17th when you so generously sent $30 for which I thanked you with all my heart and again thank you here. I addressed my answer to your place of business, hoping I did no harm in doing that and that you received my letter. I also wrote a few lines August 7th, speaking of the charming visit of Miss Dunbar—and no answer from you! It is more than a month since I have heard from you and I must confess that I am more than alarmed. I hope you are not ill—or have I done anything to vex you? Do please, I beseech you, write by return of mail and let me know how you are. It is more than possible that you have written, that you have even written registered! Please let me know if your letter was registered. I hope you have kept the receipts—one must be able to test the letter carrier’s honesty. Since Miss Dunbar’s visit, which was August 4th, I have not heard from her, but the day before yesterday a letter came from Miss Dunbar from Paris. A charming letter. I must try and copy it here. I cannot send you the original as it is really of value to me. Miss Dunbar writes:
Paris, August 18, 1931. Hotel La Trenville, Champs Elysees—Dear Madame Corelli, I am sorry not to have written before to thank you for being so very sweet to me while I was in Berlin, but we have been traveling very rapidly until now. We have been in Wiesbaden, Bonn, Cologne, The Hague, Amsterdam, London, and Canterbury since I saw you! Of all these places I remember Berlin with the greatest pleasure because of the delightful breakfast there with you and I can’t tell you how grateful I am to you for your great kindness— and also to Hall for having been the means of my meeting such a distinguished and gracious lady. I meant to thank you too for sending the delicious basket of fruit—it was indeed refreshing on our long, tiring trip. I hope you may have great happiness and success during the coming year and that I may soon hear news of you from Hall. Sincerely and affectionately, Mary Dunbar
I repeat: Do I deserve all this? If you should see Miss Dunbar, please give her my best love—she is a charming young lady who I would love to meet again.
About myself unfortunately there is nothing new to tell, but Sept 1st I hope to be able to give you some good news—I will then write immediately. I implore you, dear friend, answer by return of mail.
Lots of love to you, from your very grateful and sincere friend,