To Mrs. J.G. Holland
The "Birds" preceded the Reprimand, which modified it's chastening -
By some divine contingency that strayed to Austin's Biox, which deferred it's rancor till fortified by Birds, we had grown impervious -
Orthography always baffled me, and to "Ns" I had an especial aversion, as they always seemed unfinished M's. Will dear Mrs "Van Wagenen" excuse me for taking her portentous name in vain?
I can best express my contrition in the words of the Prayer of a Clergyman I heard when a Child - "Oh thou who sittest upon the Apex of the Cherubim, look down upon this, thine unworthy Terrapin"!
The dear Birds and their Donor will accept our love for the untiring Sweetness - To never forget to be gracious is Remembrance' most touching Ornament -
The Health that omits to mention itself, we trust is so culpable only because it is better, and hope that Annie's Walk on the Water was a pedestrian success -
With memory for each, what sweeter Shelter than the Hearts of such a hallowed Household!