#2363: Willa Cather to Elizabeth Cather Ickis, December 27 [1939]

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Darling Elizabeth1:

What a splendid baby4! I did not get much idea from the little snap shots, and I hoped you would send me a picture of her at Christmas time. She looks so full of energy and joy at being alive. I love to wink at her. I have another grand-niece now, living only four blocks away from me, but she is barely three months old, while your daughter seems already an individual. I mean Yehudi's5 Zamira6, of course course. They7 don't bring her her when they come here8 for dinner of course, but on my birthday, when I was having my tea in bed, they brought the baby and walked right past the maid into my bedroom and put the baby into bed with me. The maid brought some more tea and it was awfully jolly and unexpected. I soon forgot that I had on the one ragged old j dressing jacket I possess, though I have four lovely ones. A lot of flowers had been sent in, you see, and I was so tired after arranging them all that I had tumbled into bed for my nap where nobody could get at me—so I thought! This gossip is confidential to you and Margaret Ist9. Tell Margaret II I love her already.

Your devoted Aunt Willie
Mrs. Lynn S. Ickis1 1835 North Noble Road East Cleveland3 Ohio NEW YORK, N.Y. STA Y2 DEC 27 1939 2 PM