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Letter from Kate A. Keller to Anne Sullivan, 1897

The letter transcribed below was written by Kate A. Keller in Tuscumbia, Alabama to Anne Sullivan in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1897.

"Tuscumbia Ala.

Nov 28th

My dear Miss Annie:

Your letter came last night and tho' I had already written to you I will write again. It distress[es] me very much to differ with you about any thing [sic] concerning Helen. I could not doubt your love for the child or the distress you would feel when you realized that this work was more than she could safely do and I feel sure the teachers who made out this program were perfectly sincere in thinking she could do the work and quite naturally you thought so, but I have been warned too many times of the serious nervous shock she has already sustained to let her take a course that keeps her studying all her waking hours, if you will look at her narrow chest, and remember her defective circulation you will see that what many girls can do with no more results than being tired out might be [a] very serious thing for her, I do not under rate [sic] the drudgery you do for Helen and I am sure she never could have accomplished what she has but for your untiring patience and toil, I think too you do Mr. Gilman a great injustice, I feel sure he is sincerely interested in Helen and a wise and kind friend to you, and if his only thought was to keep you there the thing for him to have done was simply nothing, he has had such experience in preparing girls for college it is nothing new that he thought it would take that long, and [surely it was] altogether proper for him to let me know that in his judgment Helen was working too hard, however his was not the letter that alarmed me and I should have written to you and to him if I had received no letter from him; he could not very consistently let her go on until Christmas when two months had so pulled her down. I always think of Helen as partly your child and whilst in this I think first of her I think of you too[?], and utter ruin to the life you have striven so patiently to develop and round out[?]. That I would support anyone rather than you is not a tenable position because I have always loved and trusted you and I hope you love me enough to believe that only the absolute certainty that this course would hurt Helen makes me decide this way[.]

I am very [two or three illegible words]

Kate A. Keller"

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