Headmistress Clara Hallimumston
Prickett Boarding School for Girls
506 Lemon Way
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Edgar Truitt, and I am the owner and proprietor of the Grand Blue Door Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey.
It has come to my attention quite recently that my late cousin Jack Truitt’s daughter is enrolled in your school. Her name is Fiona Truitt. It is my understanding that Fiona’s mother Elizabeth outlined in her will that her child become a ward of the state and that she remain enrolled in the Prickett Boarding School until graduation at the age of eighteen, and her assets paid the tuition in full. It is also my understanding that during the summer months Fiona resides at an orphanage.
I respect the late Mrs. Truitt’s wishes that Fiona attend your fine academy, but the idea of the girl living in an orphanage for three months out of the year breaks my heart. My cousin died shortly before Fiona was born, and I lost contact with her mother not long after. I am prohibited by the terms of Mrs. Truitt’s will to adopt Fiona, and my status as a bachelor and business owner would make me an unsuitable guardian. However, I would like to extend to her an invitation to visit my hotel and stay with me for the duration of the summer until classes begin again in the fall. With your permission, I believe she would enjoy the opportunity to see the ocean, learn how a business is run, and be with her family once more.
I eagerly await your reply and can provide references as to my character upon request.