My dear little Miss
Your very agreeable letter of the 15th is received
I regret the necessity of saying I have no daughters
I have three sons -- one seventeen, one nine, and one seven years of age
They, with their mother, constitute my whole family
As to the whiskers, having never worn any
Do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now?
Your very sincere well wisher