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#0600: Willa Cather to Charlotte Stanfield, [June 9, 1922]

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Your note was forwarded to me in the country3 where I have been staying with friends. I came into town2 this morning to attend to some business and with the pleasant hope of seeing you, dear Lady, if you are still in town. But the heat has been too much for me! I have retired to my apartment4 to go to bed until tomorrow, when I fear I must flee the city again. It has been a great loss to me not to have seen you at all this winter, and to have had only a glimpse of Mrs. Boas5. But I’ve been more more or less ill ever since Christmas. For several weeks I hovered on the edge of a mastoid process. Then, because half a dozen doctors thought my tonsils might be the source of infection, I went into a hospital and had them taken out. I lost a great deal of blood and the operation went hard with me. As soon as I was out of the hospital I went to the sanitarium at Wernersville, Pa6. for a time, and had a very pleasant spring outing there. As soon as I got back to New York, however, I felt much less well, and I was in great anxiety about my mother7 who was very ill. All this while I was reading the proofs of my novel8 which will be out early in September, and doctors and publishers9 have been my sole companions. This is the history of my winter, and in I relate these woes woes only to let you know why my friends have seen little of me, and why you, a very dear friend, have not seen me at all. Like most strong people, I am very much ashamed of having been ill, but those seasons of good-for-nothingness come to all of us, and I think they are more desolating to strong folks than to those who often dally with illness.

I thought today I would surely see you, but the heat is too great. May I send you my love and tell you how much I would love to be with you this afternoon?

Yours Willa Cather
Miss Cather
rec'=June 12th
Mrs. Stanfield1 The Wyoming Seventh Ave. & 55th St New York2 NEW YORK,N.Y.STA.C2 JUN 10 1922 12 PM