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A few days ago I came down from Northern Canada3 to meet a three months' accumulation of letters. I find one from you which I wish had reached me earlier. But little stenographer girls can't discriminate; if you tell them to forward no letters except very personal ones, they stick to the literal word of your instructions. I'd have been glad to write a word of appreciation and congratulation. To keep a literary paper going in these times certainly means something.
Having been out of the world for so long, I have just learned of Mrs. Austin4's death. The people at this hotel5 cannot tell me just when it happened, but I am wondering whether you have entered upon your laborious duties as executor! I shall go back to New York6 about the middle of November, and then I hope you will tell me about your struggle with the poor lady's papers.
My affectionate greetings to Mrs. Canby7, please.Faithfully yours Willa Cather