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How kind you were to write me a lovely long letter and tell me all about the ceremony for the windows4, and about the old folks at home! I don't deserve it. But this year I tried to send cards to every one of Mother's5 old friends, 2 and all those of "our crowd" at home. I did forget Mrs. Warren6, but I sent one with a little note to dear Mrs. Macfarland7 in California8.
Life has been crowded, for the Menuhins arrived only a few days before
Douglass9 came, the mother10 very ill and forbidden to leave
her bed, and I tried to be with the
little girls11 (who are no longer little, but as 3 lovely and
loving as ever) until Yehudi12 and
his father13 arrived from
New Orleans14 and other Southern
engagements. But I arranged so that I could be with Douglass as much as if I
had no other ties, and he went to Yehudi's first concert here15—I gave him my seat, and I
we sat in the Menuhin's box. I am sure
he enjoyed the splendor of Carnegie
Hall16 and the almost theatrical welcome and triumph17
Douglass was here for my birthday dinner18—poor M.V.19 had to work at the Library that night and could not come, and I wouldn't ask anyone not "family", so he and Edith20 and I had a wonderful evening to ourselves.
I don't know if you know that he came on largely to see a doctor. The best heart specialist21 in New York pronounced his heart absolutely all right. What a relief that was to both of us. The pain in his left arm comes from some form of neuritis.
Please dear use this little check for something jolly.A merry Christmas to you, dear. Willie Miss Elsie Cather1 1030 South 52nd Street Lincoln3 Nebraska Y. 29 [illegible] 1937 [illegible] AM [illegible] VIA AIR MAIL