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#1011: Willa Cather to Carrie Miner Sherwood, April 21, 1930

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The Grosvenor3
New York2
My dear Carrie1:

I hope you won't be disappointed, but I am not going to Oberammergau4 at all, much as I would love to. I do think it very possible that I can see you in Paris5, however, and I shall hope for that with all my heart. You, like Mary Virginia6, will get there at the very worst time of the year,when Paris is the least lovely, so you must make allowance if it looks a bit shabby. How I would love to go through the Louvre7 with you!

I do not yet know who will be my bankers in Paris or where I shall go for my mail, but I will keep your address and watch for you if I am there. If you do not hear from me as soon as you arrive, please telegraph Isabelle8, as she will want to see you. Her address is - Mme. Jan Hambourg, 24 Rue de Verneuil, Paris. She is often in Italy9 at that time of year, but if she is in town, you may be sure that she will beat it to your address.

Now, as to Father's10 window11 Carrie, I am afraid it will have to wait until next winter for a formal consecraton. Elsie12 may be in Red Cloud13 at Christmas time, and that would be a nice time to do it. I sent Mr. Fitz14 his check. Incidently, I may as well tell you, Carrie, that I am paying for the window myself. The other children15 either cannot afford it or have heavy obligations in other directions. You see, just now, keeping Mother16 at that very comfortable, but terribly expensive, sanitarium17 is a problem. And after looking about a good deal, I do not believe there is another spot where anyone so VIRTUS NON STEMMA
The Grosvenor
New York
pitifully helpless could be so beautifully taken care of. I have lived at that sanitarium myself now for four months, all told, and I simply do not know any other place in the world where life could be made as pleasant for one so cruelly stricken. I do think, Carrie, that paralysis is the most cruel thing that can happen to a human being. Every time I come away from Mother I am so knocked out that I don't get over it for months. Just now I don't want in the least to cross the ocean, but I suppose when I get there, I will feel some of the old charm again.

With my dearest love to you always. Willie

Please send me just a line about Evelyn Broadstone's18 condition. Is she recovering? I do so hope she is.

Tribute for Memorial Park. Suggested but rejected by Irene & Co