Robert has returned to his 'broken-back cottage, though he confesses to having enjoyed great pleasure during his visit to Baltimore. He dwells with delight upon his intercourse with the Misses , whom he considers angels upon earth, without wings. His account of them increases my desire to get them to Virginia. Miss once promised me to have Fitzhugh.
Owing to the settling of the underpinning in the centre, it had assumed a "sway- backed" outline, which gave it the name of the "broken-back house." No repairs had been attempted, as I was preparing to build a new home. My father, always dignified and self-contained, rarely gave any evidence of being astonished or startled.
He kept the little volume now with broken-back and worn constantly with him, and he wrote in it while in camp, on shipboard and in the trenches in France. It was in his pocket while he fought the German machine gun battalion in the Forest of Argonne. The book with its records was intended for no eyes but his own.