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#0106: Willa Cather to Flavia Camp Canfield, [early September 1905]

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1180 Murray Hill Avenue3 My Dear Mrs. Canfield1;

A year ago it would have been hard for me to imagine circumstances under which it would not be a pleasure to see you, but I do think that it would have been painful for us both to meet in New York4 last week. I understand perfectly your reason in not coming with Dorothy5 to Washington Square6, and I wish to thank you for your letter. It seems to me most natural that you should feel hardly toward anyone who had caused Dorothy pain or annoyance. I know how I myself would once have felt toward anyone who had done that. As you say, the whole affair7 is a melancholy one enough—it detracts, for me, very considerably from the worth-whileness of things. I really can't write about it at all. It is altogether too sore a loss and too great a disappointment. I wish it were all over and long forgotten. Let me thank you again, dear Mrs. Canfield, for your letter and expression of goodwill.

Faithfully Willa Cather.