December 15. Yesterday we walked for an hour and a half on the parade, and drove in the afternoon. It is very crowded and gay here, and you see all the swell turnouts.
But I must cut this short, or you will be bored. Thanks for your nice letter, received last week. I am delighted to know that you are so nicely “fixed” for the winter. Agnes sends love to your wife, and says your description of your cozy housekeeping just makes us want to go and do likewise. Write me when you have time. Letters from home are a great treat, and impatiently looked for from week to week.
With a merry Christmas and happy New Year, and with much love from both to both, ever yours,
We shall be in Paris by New Year's.
SOURCE: Francis Winthrop Palfrey, Memoir of William Francis Bartlett, p. 170-1