My dear dear Mr. Lippincott,
Enclosed I have written a detailed story of the Marokka coin. Keep the coin in your vest pocket as I have had it in my bag all these years—it must bring you the best of luck.
I thank you sincerely for your kind letter of October first and for the enclosed fifteen dollars that are such a wonderful help. Heaven bless you for it. Heaven bless you for thinking of me.
I am happy you foresee better times. People have lost their heads here. Not a day passes that some great catastrophy does not occur! Men who have had glorious, wonderful, influential positions turn out to be rogues and thieves. Do American papers give these reports?
I am really happy with my little apartment. I wish you were here to admire it. They have not yet fixed the door to my room properly, but never mind, I must not growl about that. I used to need 50 marks of coals a month, I need now 25 marks—that is a great difference. You know, I have no steam heat, but must have a warm room. I rather go hungry than freeze, am I right? I have had quite another bad spell with these kidneys—it is far better now. I think the Almighty has got something good for me in store—at least I hope so.
Be smart, and pray for me! I know your prayers will be heard! Thanking you once more for your wonderful help—believe me your true and grateful friend,
Do please acknowledge this as soon as you can!