Skip to main content

#1712: Willa Cather to Abraham L. Garbat, June 27, 1945

More about this letter…
Plain view:

Guide to Reading Letter Transcriptions

Some of these features are only visible when "plain text" is off.

Textual Feature Appearance
passage deleted with a strikethrough mark deleted passage
passage deleted by overwritten added letters overwritten passage
passage added above the line passage with added text above
passage added on the line passage with added text inline
passage added in the margin passage with text added in margin
handwritten addition to a typewritten letter typed passage with added handwritten text
missing or unreadable text missing text noted with "[illegible]"
uncertain transcriptions word[?]
notes written by someone other than Willa Cather Note in another's hand
printed letterhead text printed text
text printed on postcards, envelopes, etc. printed text
text of date and place stamps stamped text
passage written by Cather on separate enclosure. written text
⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Friend, Doctor Garbat1,

I wish you to know how much pleasure and encouragement your dear letter has given me. Not only the good news about the improvement in my blood analysis gives me encouragement, but what you tell me about the slow recovery from major surgical operations3 is very heartening. When one falls so far below what has always been one's everyday standard of energy, one is apt to feel that one's state is exceptional, and to be deeply discouraged.

I had hoped to come to your office again before I leave town2, but for the last two months I have had to spend a good deal of time with my oculist, Doctor Perera4, (sudden changes in my eyes requiring new glasses for both reading and writing) and with your very kind and friendly dentist, Doctor Lindsay5 - whose address Mrs. Breslow6 kindly gave me.

Miss Lewis7 and I are going to Northeast Harbor, Maine8, again but we shall not be gone more than two months, and you may expect a call from me as soon as I return.

Faithfully and gratefully yours, Willa Cather