Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Helen Keller to John Hitz, August 29, 1893
AUG 31 1898
WASHINGTON, D. C.
Hulton, Penn., August 29, 1893.
My dear Mr. Hitz:
I wonder why I have not written to you before. Certainly you have often, very often been in my thoughts, but I have neglected to put upon paper the letter which I had in my heart for you; but to-day shall not pass until this little white-winged messenger of love has been sent by Teacher and me to gladden your kind heart. Dear Teacher has been very tired and nervous since we got back from Chicago, and her eyes have been troubling her more than ever, so that she has not been able to write to any of her friends. We have been resting quietly at Robinswood, and enjoying the beautiful country. Mrs. Hopkins spent a week with us on her way to Boston from the Exposition, and we were very happy together.
But I know you are impatient to hear about our visit to the World's Fair. We spent three delightful weeks there. Of course, it would be impossible for me to tell you, in a letter, all that we did, felt and saw while we were in Chicago. It was all so grand and wonderful. Each day was crowded with new experiences and impressions. The Fair seems a most appropriate name for the great Exposition, for surely it is the fairest thing in all the world.
We approached it the first time from the Lakeside, and got our first impressions of the White City from the peristyle. It was a glorious day; the sky and water were a perfect blue, making a most beautiful setting for the Dream City crowned by the golden dome of the Administration building. We walked slowly up the Court of Honor, pausing now and then, while my teacher described the beautiful scene to me so clearly and vividly that I do not think the picture which my imagination built could have been more vivid and real if I had seen it with my eyes. We spent the first day in studying the