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I had hoped and planned to be at Shattuck Inn5 about the first of October, but I am afraid now that I shall not be with you at all this year. My mother6 died on the thirty-first of August, and this changed all my plans for the Fall and Winter. I write you to explain my absence because I hope you will always consider me a regular Autumn guest at the Inn.
If any of my friends should be with you, will you be kind enough to tell them why I am not coming to you this year. I you could drop me a line telling me whether Eleanor7 and the twins8 are well and what you know of Mrs. Faxon9's whereabouts, I would be very grateful. I shall be here2 for about a month before starting West again.With best wishes always, Willa Cather Mr. George Austerman1, Shattuck Inn, Jaffrey,3 New Hampshire. MADISON SQ. STA. N.Y 62 OCT 21 1931 8 30 PM