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#1868: Willa Cather to Elsie Cather, December 8, 1937

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My dear Elsie1:

Please forgive me for not writing before this to acknowledge the book you sent me, but you know Douglass3 had less than two week in New York2 (I said good-bye to him at eleven this morning) and while he was here we had a wonderful visit, which wook up nearly all of my free time. I held the first two weeks of November open for him, not making a single engagement. What a pity he could not have come then. By the time he did get here I was absolutely tied up for three important business engagements (publishers4 from London5) and three engagements with friends which could not be broken. He stayed over one day extra to have dinner here with us6 on my birthday, December 7th. The trip will be very beneficial to him. The best heart specialist7 in New York, who has taken care of all the J.P.Morgan8 hearts for two generations, found absolutely nothing the matter with his heart - nothing whatever. He did, however, find a great deal too much metallic substance in his blood, which may well account for the pain in his arm.

Thank you for the book, my dear. I will take good care of it. I feel so happy in spirit to have had this visit with Douglass.

Lovingly Willie