Dearest My Woman:-
Whose efficient hands I love - the hands that have worked
for me long hours and many, swiftly and deftly, and
beautifully in the making of music; the hands that have
steered the Snark through wild passages and rough seas,
that do not tremble on a trigger, that are sure and
strong on the reins of a thoroughbred or of an untamed
Marquesan stallion; the hands that are sweet with love
as they pass through my hair, firm with comradeship
as they grip mine, and that soothe as only they of all
hands in the world can soothe.
Your Man and Lover.
Oct. 10, 1910