To Miss Daphne Welby, From Mr Horace Mabry
Dear Miss Welby,
To begin, I feel I must apologize two-fold. Firstly for whatever ill-feelings the trick involving my sister might have caused and second for writing a letter instead of paying a call. The expression of sentiments is not my strongest skill, so it was thought practical to write in order to avoid my fumbling words making a mess of things and causing further embarrassment. I must confess that learning of your own thoughts, inadvertently as it may have been, brought me hope for mine own. You have found a way into my highest of esteems and deepest of affections. Though wishing to expand upon the many reasons, I have been taught that brevity is best, thus I shall leave it at that and with a gift. Perhaps the plant might express that which my words alone cannot. Though I am uncertain how how to proceed at this juncture, it seemed best that the honest truth be available to us both.
With Hope and Affection,
((the letter is delivered with a certain rosebush))