Jerusha Abbott is the oldest orphan in the John Grier Home. When her future is discussed, one of the Trustees offers to finance her through college so that she can become a writer. The conditions: she must write to him once a month and tell him of her progress and she can only know him as Mr John Smith as he wishes his identity to remain a secret. Jerusha – now called Judy – names him Daddy-Long-Legs because her single glimpse of his shadow reminds her of a spider. Here are Judy’s college days letters to ‘Daddy-Long-Legs.’ Cover art fromĀ  a photograph by Houston Rogers showing actress Jean Carson as Judy in the play Love from Judy.