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#1315: Willa Cather to Zoë Akins, April 19 [1936]

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My Dearest Zoë1;

I've been kept in bed for three days and am not supposed to sit up, but I must tell you that I never got a cable from you, not one! I was in New Hampshire3 from March 14 to 25, but Miss Lewis4 was here5 and would have forwarded anything. Also a Swedish maid was here then, and she was supposed to answer the telephone and write down all messages. I don't see why something didn't get through to me. I got one letter from you, written as you approached England6, and one later from London7, but never another word, and no cables. I am a bad correspondent, but not so bad as that you must think me.

Just now I mustn't write any more. I got over-tired walking in the Park a few days ago, and when I came home had a nasty little chill which seems to have pulled me down a good deal, so I'm bidden to stay in bed—and glad to do it, I'll admit. Otherwise I've been well all winter.

This note is only to deny the cablegrams, and to tell you I'm glad you're home again. Were you in New York2 very long? I am terribly disappointed to have missed you.

Goodnight, with my love Willa
Mrs. Hugo Rumbold1 2041 Brigden Road Pasadena8 California NEW YORK, N.Y.2 Apr 20 1936 1030 AM Air Mail