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Your cordial and friendly letter warms my heart. I am not really crazy about class reunions4, but I would love to be
with you and Frances5 in the house6 where I have had so many happy
times. Moreover, I would like to see again all the members of the committee7. I remember them all very
well. But my doctor8 and his consultant both
say that I am not well enough to go anywhere this
summer. I had reservations
forin the City of Mexico9 for June,
but I have had to give them up. Ever since I had a gall bladder operation10 three years ago I have had to
avoid excitement and keep the soft pedal on “emotions”—even pleasant ones. I always
took things rather hard, you may remember, but I had lots of vitality and quickly
got back to normal. Since that operation I don’t rebound rebound—I just stay very tired. A class reunion, 3plus the trip to
Red Cloud11, which I would have to make
make, would just about do me in, I’m afraid. I still
have some dear friends there.
Sometime, when there is no reunion excitement, maybe you will let me slip into Lincoln12 and visit you for a few days. That would be lovely for me. We would be able to recall a great many happy things—and some very funny ones.
This letter, dear Mariel, is confidential. To you as a Committee member, I say only that I am not very well and cannot be in Lincoln on May nineteenth.
Please tell me where you will be this summer. I would like to write you again.Affectionately Willa