Cranwell Preparatory School
Office of the Principal
Mrs. Benjamin Wild Heath
29 Colony Road
West Hartford, Connecticut
Dear Mrs. Heath:
I am very grateful to you for your detailed and colorful description of Peter Bailey-Gates.
Many of Peter’s accomplishments can be put to good use at school. Leaf-raking and snow-shoveling are part of the punitive curriculum. Endowed with all the energy which you describe, I am sure that Peter will be an early candidate for demerits.
We will try to keep pace with Peter. What substitute we will have when the occasion arises for Peter to “retire to his own backyard” we will try to figure out during the year.
Charles E. Burke, SJ
(Rev.) Charles E. Burke, SJ
Dear Mimi and Dad:
Please excuse the paper, for I’m in study hall, and since something happened tonight, which made me feel pretty proud of my little (little? Ha Ha) brother Peter, I thought I’d tell you about it, unless you already know. This has also changed practically my entire attitude toward Father Burke who has practically never been known to crack a smile in the memory of the oldest graduate.
Not more than five minutes ago, during the break between study-hall hours, Father Burke called me and showed me a letter which Mrs. Heath had written to him about Peter. It described Peter to a tee. All of the letter was praiseworthy about him, and had been written just about Peter and nothing else. Father Burke was astonished and asked me if it was all true, and I told him it was, and he said in that case peter gets in!! . . .
Say hello to the little kids for me please, and tell them “Big Dave” will be home soon.
Love and prayers,
Your son David
Dear Pete — Boy, does Mrs. Heath sure have your number. Father Burke said he can hardly wait to get you up here to knock it out of you. Love and Kisses.
– A Christmas story by the late Aloïse Buckley Heath is an NR tradition.