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#0157: Willa Cather to Flavia Camp Canfield, April 15, 1909

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Mrs. Canfield1;

I am sad at heart to think of the sorrow that has come upon you and Dorothy4. I was in the hospital with mastoiditis when Mr. Canfield5's death6 occurred and did not hear of it until some time afterward. I heard with additional regret that Dorothy was abroad, because I know that fact must have made everything harder for you and for her. Mr. Canfield came into your life and into Dorothy's so much more than most men come into the lives of their wives and daughters that I cannot but feel how bitterly lonely you will be; and though so many hundreds of people will be sympathizing with you, it will all help you so little. And yet all that one can do is to assure you of this same unavailing sympathy.

Faithfully yours Willa Sibert Cather