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#1748: Willa Cather to Eleanor C. Shattuck Austermann, January 16, 1947

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My dear Eleanor1:

It has been a long while since I have written you, but that doesn't mean I haven't often thought of you, and of the house where I used to work so happily in better years. The last six years have been very hard ones for me. I lost the two dear brothers3 with whom I used to travel about so much in the Northwest and Southwest. and dDuring the those years that my mother4 was so ill in California5, (paralytic stroke) and I lived chiefly at the beautiful sanitarium6 where she finally died. The last two summers I have spent at Northest Harbor, Maine7, where I had many old friends. But I have never found any place where I could work in such peace and happiness as in the little rooms up in the top of the Shattuck Inn8, and I have often wished I were there. But after a certain time one has very little control of one's own life. The things that happen to one's family dictate one's whereabouts.

I am so glad that you sent me this card at Christmas time. It not only tells me that you remember me, but it gives me the best photograph I have ever seen of the Inn and its surroundings. For the first time, I see in it the beautiful line of the mountain against the sky. The profile of Monadnock, as one sees it from the Inn, is the lovliest thing about the place,- now that the beautiful woods of which you were so fond (and which all guests at the Inn enjoyed so much) were destroyed by the hurricane. I look forward to a time, dear Eleanor, when I can drift back to the Shattuck Inn again - when the strenuous duties toward nephews and nieces are less absorbing. Thank you for telling me about your own boys9 and if your mother10 is still with you, please remember me to her warmly and gratefully.

Your friend always, Willa Cather
FROM CATHER 570 PARK AVE11.,NEW YORK CITY2 Mrs. George Austermann1 The Shattuck Inn Jaffrey, New Hampshire12 New York, N.Y.2 JAN 15 1947 6 PM