#2359: Willa Cather to Margaret Cather Shannon, [November 9, 1938]

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ACCOMMODATIONS FOR
200 GUESTS
The Shattuck Inn
and Annex4
ALL MODERN
CONVENIENCES
AT THE FOOT OF MONADNOCK MOUNTAIN
JAFFREY, N.H.2
AMERICAN PLAN
OPEN ALL THE YEAR

The Parker House5 is where I always stay—very picturesque part of Boston3

Yes, little Dear1; I am here, and hope to be all this month. I want to be alone as long as I can. That is the only way I can pull out out of things. You see there are some people one loves and is proud of, as I was of Douglass6. Then there are some people who have been a part of one's inner and outer life for so long that one does not now know how to go forward without them7. Thirty eight years ago Isabelle McClung8, Judge9 ACCOMMODATIONS FOR
200 GUESTS
The Shattuck Inn and Annex ALL MODERN
CONVENIENCES
AT THE FOOT OF MONADNOCK MOUNTAIN
JAFFREY, N.H.
AMERICAN PLAN
OPEN ALL THE YEAR
McClung's daughter, took me into her father's comfortable well-ordered house10 in Pittsburgh11. I was a poor schoolteacher12, at sixty dollars a month, living in a boarding house. I was a raw, densely ignorant, but very happy girl from the west—found everything jolly. I knew something about books. Isabelle knew very little about books, but everything about gracious and graceful living. We brought each other up. We kept on doing ACCOMMODATIONS FOR
200 GUESTS
The Shattuck Inn and Annex ALL MODERN
CONVENIENCES
AT THE FOOT OF MONADNOCK MOUNTAIN
JAFFREY, N.H.
AMERICAN PLAN
OPEN ALL THE YEAR
that all our lives. For most of my life in Pittsburgh (five years) Isabelle and, I think, your father13, were the only two people who thought there was any real good reason for my trying to write—was it merely an excuse for not getting married? Isabelle has always been my best and soundest critic,—in some ways better than Edith14, who knows much more about the technique of writing. I have sent Isabelle every manuscript before I published were always invaluable. Her husband15 is returning to me three hundred of my letter which she carried about with her from place to place all the time. She has lived abroad for fourteen years, but I often went to her, and in mind we were never separated. Now we have no means of communication; that is all. One can never form such a friendship twice. One does not want to. As long as she lived, her youth and mine were realities to both of us.

Goodbye, my precious girl, be young, be happy, like as my Yehudi16 and Nola17 are.

Lovingly W. S. C.
THE SHATTUCK INN AT THE FOOT OF MONADNOCK MOUNTAIN JAFFREY, N.H. Mrs. R. S. Shannon1 712 Commonwealth Ave. Boston3 Mass. JAFFREY2 NOV 10 1938 6 30 AM