Hotel Thatcher, Biddeford, ME
July 26, 1901
Thursday seems to
be the only day for
you to come as I
couldn't get a card
to you earlier than
Wed. Is ten o'clock
A.M. too early for you?
It won't take only about
an hour + a half, if connections
are good, to make the trip + we
will be at #10 at ten
(continued on front of card)
o'clock sharp for you. If you should
happen to miss a car or anything else come
up just 'phone us when you get to Biddeford.
'Phone number is Goodwin's Mills - 9 - 4 (or
9 - ring 4.)
Be sure + bring your friend with you.
I'm guessing Emma did not have a telephone as they had to schedule Emma's visit by card correspondence. Back then, the post would come more than once a day, so Winnifred could easily expect a card reply from Emma later on Wednesday to confirm Emma's Thursday visit.
Based on Emma's address, it looks like Emma's journey on Thursday was just under 12 miles. A journey that would take about 20 minutes today took Emma an hour and a half, if connections were good.
The phone instructions ("9 - ring 4") barely need comment, but I also like the use of the apostrophe before phone, to indicate the shortened "telephone."
Who was the friend? "Be sure + bring your friend" as a postscript almost sounds like the friend might be the most important point of the visit.