24 May 1922

Victoria Palace Hotel, Paris

My dear Ida
   I was so infinitely relieved to get your wire & to know you had arrived safely. It was kind of you to send it. My heart was wrung at the last moment of parting from you, as you must have known. I could not believe it. It seemed solemn and wrong. But dont lets call it or consider it a parting. We shall make some arrangement sometime that will make it possible for us to be together. Aren't you certain of that? I am. Dont let S. de P. tire you. Don't send me back any money. Spend your money! If you knew what that little account book made me feel. I could have howled for misery like a dog. And then they snatched £5 from you & left you hard up! It is too bad.
   I don't seem to have said anything to you at all. But the heat was overpowering and my tooth added to it. Perhaps it doesn't matter so very much. But oh! how I hate to see you travelling. I feel your fatigue and I know you will hurry and wont eat enough and your hat will hurt and so on for ever. When I am rich, my dear Ida, I shall buy you a house & ask you to keep a wing & a chicken wing & a Wingley for me in it. In the meantime I wish you could stay with Mrs Scriven and eat Easter custards or play with Dolly's babies. [To Ida Baker, 26 May 1922.]