A letter from Elizabeth Porter informing her husband, Lansing, of their children's wellbeing. Elizabeth expresses her sorrow at not seeing her husband in more than a year. She describes her trouble in deciding whether or not she should continue teaching her class now that the other teacher has returned. Elizabeth reminds Lansing that she has not been well, and expresses how much she misses Annie while she is away. She also informs him that Mrs. Nelson and her girls have come to visit.