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#1472: Transcription of Letter from Willa Cather to Ferris Greenslet, February 12, 1940

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Dear F.G.1

The morning paper tells me that you have lost an old friend3X -- one with whom you used to do pleasant things. I write this line merely to tell you [about]scored through that I am sorry. Within the last three years I have lost so many friends, old friends with whom I used to do pleasant things, that the world about me, my personal world, begins to look pretty empty. I know I am often a shrew when books or "propositions" rub me the wrong way; but I have a heart, and I am sad when my old friends lose their friends: it makes such a difference in one's life.

Faithfully yours Willa Cather

XF.G. annotates: "John Buchan, Lord Tweedsmuir"