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It was a friendly thing of you to write me3 a kind letter about Quebec4 when the days were very dark. I had my passage to Naples5 engaged for this week. Isabelle6 and I were looking forward to this reunion, the first since 1935.
Yes, I shall always be glad to think that there is a set of my books in Quebec, and that the place itself recalled my story to both you and Lord Tweedsmuir7. His Augustus8 gave me great pleasure last spring, and was one of the last books I sent on to Isabelle, in Sorrento9.
On Monday I go up to Jaffrey10 for a few weeks, to work on the book11 which three times has been interrupted by death. I can't expect much of myself, can I? The three12 most important people13 in my life have left me within five months.
Thank you again for your letter.Faithfully yours Willa Cather October 27th
P.S. I am not going away to struggle with anything, but to soothe and steady myself with the activity which steadies me more than anything else.