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#1755: Sarah J. Bloom on behalf of Willa Cather to E. K. Brown, March 23, 1947

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Mr. Brown1:

I am happy to have your letter telling me more or less of your plans, and I shall write my plans to you as soon as I have a clear head and plain sailing.

Yesterday this apartment3 was stormed by impetuous and loving friends, who were to sail on the Queen Elizabeth at one o'clock. Hepzibah4, her Scotch husband, Lindsay5, and her two little boys6 arrived first. Soon after, Yehudi7's two children8 arrived. Later Yehudi himself - always a quieting influence, even where there is a crowd of excited children. Here we9 all were (the children only were new), the rest of us were sitting in these rooms just as we used to meet here every week ten and twelve years ago. Concert-trained people have perfect relaxation. They never think about what they are going to do in the next hour until the present hour is entirely spent. At eleven-thirty my guests quietly rose, got the children into their wraps, without any flurry, dropped down in the elevator to the street floor, where cabs were waiting, and drove to the North River docks at 56th Street to have lunch before the boat sailed at one. All their luggage had been placed on board, in the proper stateroom, the day before.

Yehudi and Hepzibah are going over to give a series ⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ of concerts together, not only in London10 but in other large cities throughout England11 as well - admission prices so little that even poor people can hear good music again. For sixteen years ever since they first came to me with letters of introduction from old friends12 in France13 and England, the Menuhin children14 have been one of the chief interests and joys of my life. There is just an inherent beauty in their natures that goes far beyond any "giftedness" - - - and yet natural beauty of mind and heart is a very great part of the "giftedness". I would rather have almost any other chapter of my life left out than the Menuhin chapter which has gone on so happily over so many years. That is why I find that I cannot write any proper answer to your letter - cannot write anything today except about the wonderful yesterday with those dear children (as they still are to me) and their children. Today these rooms seem actually full of their presence and their faithful, loving friendship.

WILLA CATHER BY Sarah J. Bloom15 Secretary