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#1587: Willa Cather to Ferris Greenslet, September 7, 1942

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ FG Dear Ferris Greenslet1:

I meant to write to you as soon as I received3 my semi-annual statement, but this spring and summer has been a good deal like a nightmare. After various short stays at the Presbyterian Hospital, I finally let Dr. Allen Whipple4 take out my gall bladder and appendix on the 24th of July. The operation was a grand success, but the recovery from it is a long hard road to travel. The intense heat and humidity has been very much against me. I went into the hospital weighing one hundred and twenty-two pounds and I now weigh one hundred and ten pounds. This is an uncomfortable weight, chiefly because one's whole wardrobe is wrecked. Gowns for the four seasons, and for morning, noon and night, are perfectly useless. One is so destitute of apparel that one doesn't know where to begin the reconstruction. I hope to go up to the Red Lion Inn, at Stockbridge5, for all of October, but so far I have not been able to do any more than walk around the block.

Before this summer, I had not been in a hospital since I had my tonsils taken out sixteen years ago. If I had realized what a long and listless thing recovering from an abdominal operation is, I think I should have taken my chances without one.

I am wondering whether you will be in New York2 in the late autumn. If you are, will you try to give me an hour or two? There are a lot of things I would like to talk to you about. I ⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ haven't energy enough for work just now and I see very, very few people, but I would always be at home6 to you. My telephone number is Regent 4-8354.

Please remember me warmly to Mrs. Greenslet7. I wish I could arrange a meeting with her when she comes to New York.

Faithfully yours, Willa Cather