Dear Mrs. Forbes,
We have been all a good deal uneasy about Mr. Sanborn’s absence, just at this time. But he conferred with no one here, so there was nothing to be said, and he was accustomed his school to short absences of himself, so that no one was surprised. Whatever was the occasion of his absences, I have a note this morning indicating that he is on his way home, and I supposed he will be here tonight.
Our children are delighted with hearing from Anna Watson that Mary was coming to Concord; which they couple with another brilliant hope they have for the school from another side.
The school was never in such good condition and hope as now: the new teacher, Miss Waterman, is a perfect success. So that we are very happy in your sympathy and good meanings toward it and Mr. Sanborn.
For Captain Brown, he is a hero of romance, and seems to have made this fatal blunder only to bring out his virtues. I must hope for his escape to the last moment.
With kindest regards,
R. W. Emerson