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#1844: Willa Cather to Mary Virginia Boak Cather, April 27 [1928]

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Mabel Ulrich's Book and Print Shops
21 First Avenue Southwest
Rochester2, Minnesota
Minneapolis
St. Paul
Duluth
Rochester
My Dearest Mother1;

What do you think! I had to give Dr. Judd5 your picture—the standing one from enlarged Kodak. He asked me for it, very gravely, and I said I would send him one sometime. I thought he only meant to be polite.

But this afternoon one of the young doctors had tea tea with me, and he said bashfully, "Judd told me to get you to give him that picture of your mother you showed him. He really wants it, you know. He never does anything just to be agreeable, it's not his way."

So this afternoon I inscribed the picture on the back and sent it over to him. I hear he was much pleased. I enclose a copy of the inscription I wrote on it.

They are baking my back and shoulder every day7, and Dr. Judd had a pair of wonderful shoes built for me, but they are really not ugly. I'd get more rest if the Archbishop8 were not so popular. These people are so kind I cant protect myself.

It is surely possible to kill people with kindness, and I sometimes wonder whether an operation would have been harder on me than seeing so many nice people!

I'm hoping you are well and cheerful, and that I'll find a letter from you when I get to New York9 on Wednesday.

With a world of love to you Willa
THE KAHLER4
THE KAHLER CORPORATION
OWNING AND OPERATING
THE KAHLER
HOTEL ZUMBRO
COLONIAL HOSPITAL
WORRELL HOSPITAL
THE DAMON HOTEL
CURIE HOSPITAL
ROCHESTER CALORIE KITCHEN
THE COLLEGE APARTMENTS
ZUMBRO CAFETERIA
MODEL LAUNDRY
Rochester, Minn. This what I wrote on the picture

For Dr. Edward Starr Judd5, who who preserved this handsome Lady6 to her family for many happy years.

From her daughter Willa Cather
Mabel Ulrich's Book and Print Shop 21 First Avenue S. W. Rochester, Minnesota2 Mrs. C. F. Cather1 The Cooper Arms Long Beach3 California ROCHESTER, MINN.2 APR 28 1928 7—AM