#0390: Willa Cather to Frances Smith Cather, September 9 [1917]

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STEAM HEAT
ELECTRIC LIGHTS
GARAGE LIVERY
ELEVATION 1200 FEET
PRIVATE BATHS
OPEN FIRES
The Shattuck Inn4
AT THE FOOT OF MONADNOCK MOUNTAIN
OPEN ALL THE YEAR
JAFFREY, N.H.2
My Dear Aunt Franc1:

I don't wonder that your patriotism does not always reach as far as France5! But G. P.6 has always hankered after military life, and this is the day when the fellows with that hankering have their chance. And we've got back to first principles, it seems; everything goes back to the man who can carry a gun. I know it's pretty hard on you to have him go, but I am glad he can go, and go as an officer. I'm STEAM HEAT
ELECTRIC LIGHTS
GARAGE LIVERY
ELEVATION 1200 FEET
PRIVATE BATHS
OPEN FIRES
The Shattuck Inn
AT THE FOOT OF MONADNOCK MOUNTAIN
OPEN ALL THE YEAR
JAFFREY, N.H.
ever so proud of him. I wish Jack7 were going, I really do, though I think he is very useful where he is.

I was so disappointed not to get out into the country again, for a visit with you. But the hot weather used me up shockingly, and my friend8 was more worn out by it than I. We had to give up and flee. I was exhausted when I got back to New York9, and had to come up here to cool, green New Hampshire10 to recover from Red Cloud11. I was too STEAM HEAT
ELECTRIC LIGHTS
GARAGE LIVERY
ELEVATION 1200 FEET
PRIVATE BATHS
OPEN FIRES
The Shattuck Inn
AT THE FOOT OF MONADNOCK MOUNTAIN
OPEN ALL THE YEAR
JAFFREY, N.H.
worn out to work. Unless I have a great deal of vitality, I simply do bad work, which is much worse than doing none.

Douglass12 writes discouraging reports about mother13. I don't know whether I ought to go to California14 or not. I hate to break in on my work15. I live at a comfortable hotel and have a little tent a mile away in the woods, where I go to work every morning.16 My friend Mrs. Hambourg17, (Miss McClung when you met her) was here with me STEAM HEAT
ELECTRIC LIGHTS
GARAGE LIVERY
ELEVATION 1200 FEET
PRIVATE BATHS
OPEN FIRES
The Shattuck Inn
AT THE FOOT OF MONADNOCK MOUNTAIN
OPEN ALL THE YEAR
JAFFREY, N.H.
for three weeks, and she asked about you and was disappointed that I had not seen you. Elsie

Elsie18 is so fortunate in her schools—I expect a cheerful disposition is [illegible] largely responsible for the fact that she finds each place lovelier than the last. She is delighted with Albuquerque19 and is so happy there. I will send you her letter when Jack returns it. Both she and Jack are a great deal of satisfaction to me. STEAM HEAT
ELECTRIC LIGHTS
GARAGE LIVERY
ELEVATION 1200 FEET
PRIVATE BATHS
OPEN FIRES
The Shattuck Inn
AT THE FOOT OF MONADNOCK MOUNTAIN
OPEN ALL THE YEAR
JAFFREY, N.H.
I would feel very cheerful and happy if only mother were better.

Mother's address is Hotel Garfield 354 O'Farrell St. San Francisco20. Do send the letter that was returned from Los Angeles21 to her there. Now I must write her a little note. Elsie got to like Frank's22 wife23 so much. I wished I could have seen her again, too. Families are pretty good things to have, after all, aren't they?

With a great deal of love to you, dear Aunt Franc,

Yours always Willa

I shall be at home on Bank Street24 after October 1st

From Willa Sibert
Cather
The Shattuck Inn
E.C. SHATTUCK
PROPRIETOR
JAFFREY2,
N.H.
Mrs. G. P. Cather Sr.1 Bladen3 Nebraska JAFFREY, N.H.2 SEP 12 1917 A.M.