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#0343: Willa Cather to Frances Smith Cather, [December 25] 1915

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My Very Dear Aunt1:

I want to send you my love and greetings on this day of many memories. My dear friend Isabelle McClung4 lost her father5 in November. Her mother6 died two years ago. This kind and hospitable home7 which has been a home to me for fifteen years will probably be sold, as it is too large an establishment for Isabelle and her brother8 to keep up alone. So this is the last Christmas we will have here. It is very hard to see dear familiar things pass out of one's life. I shall never feel so safe and happy in any other house, I fear. My own apartment9 in New York10 was never home in the same sense, though I like it very much. I have just come back here for Christmas—having been in New York for two weeks. Jack11 is well and happy and I see a great deal of him in his vacation. My new book12 is selling well and has met with most gratifying recognition by critics. I shall be glad when I am at work on another. My time has been broken up this winter.

Isabelle asks to me to remember her most warmly to you, and I send you a heart full of love.

Mrs. George Cather1 Bladen3 Nebraska PITTSBURGH, PA.2 DEC 26 1915 9-PM