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#1696: Willa Cather to Harriet Fox Whicher, January 31, 1945

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Mrs. Whicher1:

I was delighted to hear from you at Christmas time. I am such a poor correspondent that I deeply appreciate the old friends who remember me. I do like to know where you and your sons4 are, on this globe which has become so small. Of course, I approve of your quitting your job. Everybody’s job is either wiped out or interfered with these days. My principal correspondence is with homesick boys, formerly from the West and Southwest, but now in foxholes somewhere. When the Government put several books of mine in the Armed Forces edition5, it let me in for a lot of trouble. But that is what Governments are for, isn’t it?

I had a cool summer, working pleasantly and not too hard, at Northeast Harbor, Maine6. My right hand, which was hurt so badly7 four years ago, gives down on me occasionally, and then I have to quit work and tie it up in Doctor Ober8's brace for five or six weeks. This is one of the tied-up periods, and that is why I am not writing to you by hand.

My warmest greetings to you and Mr. Whicher9. Willa Cather
Mrs. George Whicher1 Amity Street Amherst3 Massachusetts NEW YORK, N.Y.2 JAN 30 1945 10-PM