Aldrich dispels a rumor about himself. He discusses Shelley and Keats. Aldrich tells Edward of his condition in America, how he is living. Aldrich mentions he has not read Stedman's latest work. And then he talks of his summer and his wife.
In this letter, written in ink on off-white paper, Cooper notes that it has been a while since they have written. She describes the state of her life at that point in time, including her living arrangements.