”Philadelphia, May 15, 1889. Peter Lesley To His Wife.
. . . Your letter was delightful reading after breakfast; all the more because I feel a little shrivelled by the cold; for they had a hailstone whirlwind in Virginia yesterday. I can see the beautiful trees and rocks from your dining-room windows; and I can see you and Rebecca sitting at table together gossiping, and you and Alice Cary; and you and Annie Ware; and you and John Forbes; and you and … all down the Massachusetts alphabet. Yes—bless your loving heart.
. . . Everybody is kind to us. Another cordial little letter from Dr. Newberry, promising to get from Washington for me advanced plates and sheets of his Triassic plants and fishes, to cut up for my Dictionary. . . .”
Life and Letters of Peter and Susan Lesley, Vol. 2, by Mary Lesley Ames, 1909, page 375