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#1729: Willa Cather to Carrie Miner Sherwood, February 21 [1946]

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Carrie1, dear, the first day I got home from Roosevelt Hospital I opened an envelope from Red Cloud3. No letter, but the newspaper account of your brutal accident4. It laid me low. I lost all my courage and didn’t try to get up or want to. Next day a letter came from Elsie5 telling me that Vernon6 had telephoned her that things were not quite so bad as the home paper7 reported. But before that letter came I had a long night—in which I remembered a great many things. I remembered even a crowded general store8, and a young girl shaking hands with me and looking with at me with bright eyes. It is strange how a whole lifetime can race through one’s mind in eight hours.

This has been a hard winter9 for both you and me, but perhaps the spring will bring better things.

My true love to you and to Mary10. You are both safe in a little house of memories which I keep for myself and which no one on earth can spoil for me. I spend many happy hours there.

Lovingly Willie