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J. Cosmo tries to deflect the request for money and slips in a little improper comment. Will it go unnoticed?
My Dear Mrs Esther,
Thank you so much for your letter and thoughts.
You do put me in a quandary as if I were to do what you wish regarding money for a wardrobe will spoil a number of surprises I have in store for you. (The first is that I am not coming. The second is that there is no money.)
I must admit that I think the finest thing a lady can wear is a smile. I am not coming to judge you like one of Mr Opong's prize cows! (Although nice udders would be an advantage.) A person in the finest of frocks is nothing if they do not shine from within! I want to see the real you.
May we compromise? I get in just before lunchtime Wednesday next week. Will you permit me to escort to to the finest dress shop in Accra that afternoon so that I can see the joy on your face as you choose some dresses?
Please let me know your thoughts,
Very best wishes,
J. Cosmo Newbery.