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This note is to thank you for your dear Christmas letter to me, and to tell you that I never forget the happy Ash Wednesday when you dined here in my apartment3. I do feel almost as if there were blood kinship between us, because you have meant so much4 in the family life of the Cather family. I am glad to know that you thought of me among the other absent ones when you made the beautiful prayer for absent on Thanksgiving day.
News of the accident to your eye had reached me and caused me deep concern. I am
thankful that it is improving. I always hope all good things for you and Mrs. Beecher5. You are happy in having such
children6, and in the great
affection that is felt for you throughout your diocese. I write with love to you
both, dear friends.