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It is no wonder that you have lost track of my whereabouts, as I have been in New York2 so little for the last four years. Most of the time I have been in Pasadena3 with my mother4, who was paralyzed and living in a sanatarium5 there. She died at the end of August.
Regarding the Applegate8 collection and the carrying on of the Spanish handcrafts, I will be able to find out more about it when I see you. I imagine that money is the thing you most need to keep these things going, and I shall be glad to do my bit when the present stress is over. I have so many friends and relatives who have lost their positions that just now I am helping to keep half a dozen families, and have had to loan a good deal of money to people who were in such hard straits that I am very sure they can never pay it back. This is really a terrible time to live through; two of my own9 brothers10, who have always got along very comfortably, are without positions and have had to look to me for help.
I am so sorry to hear that your eyes are giving you trouble. Are you careful to wear dark glasses? The think the light in New Mexico is very hard on one's eyes - I even wear dark glasses indoors a good deal of ⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ the time when I am there, and I always seek a dark corner to sit in.
With every good wish.Faithfully yours, Willa Cather Mrs. Mary Austin1, Santa Fe11, New Mexico. NEW YORK, N.Y. 122 OCT 25 1931 530 PM