My dear Madame Tirocchi: -
Mrs. Maxwell kindly wrote you for me to tell you of mother's illness and operation and, I believe, asked you not to start on mother's dresses.
Mother is getting along very well; she sat up in a chair today for the first time. But she will not be home from the hospital another week or ten days. She wished me to write and tell you that she thinks best to cancel the order for the velvet dress. She can't tell when she will be able to come down for a fitting and by the time she is able to, it will be too late for her to use a velvet dress. She probably will not be able to go out to any formal affairs this winter either.
We are sorry that it is necessary to cancel the order, but I am sure you will understand and I hope it has not inconvenienced you greatly.
We are sorry mother had to have all this to go through with but we are most thankful that she has come through it and is getting on well now.
Lucien L. Butler