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#1971: Willa Cather to Mary Virginia Boak Cather, [January 27, 1929]

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VIRTUS NON STEMMA
The Grosvenor4
35 FIFTH AVENUE
New York2
My Darling Mother1

I cannot use the typewriter because Edith5 is asleep. I have been without any voice for several days—not the usual kind of cold. I don't cough, I am simply as hoarse as a crow and it hurts my throat to talk, so I don't talk. I expect you are talking more than I am just now. I seem 2to remember that you used to get just this kind of throat and lose your voice. Almost every one I know has inf influenza, but I have not. I am working very hard and see few people. I went out to tea with Myra Hess6, at her rooms. As I could not talk any, she played the piano—which was better. Last night the faithful Donovan7 came for dinner—the first time I have seen him since Christmas. Sister Jessie8, by the way, wrote me a lecture on diet by way of a Christmas greeting, and said at last you had a Doctor who would keep you on barley water for the rest of your life. I did not reply to this sermon. Silence is surely better.

When I go out to see you I will stay at a hotel near you—I don't want to add to the housekeeping, and I can be with you just as much as if I were in the same house, and in that way I won't make any more work for Elsie9. I can stay with you when Elsie and your nurse10 go out. I'm so glad you have a nice nurse and a nice doctor; that means a great deal when one is sick. Goodnight now, dear mother, I hope this will be a good night for you, with refreshing sleep and happy dreams.

Very lovingly Willa
Mrs. C. F. Cather1 130 Linden avenue Long Beach3 California NEW YORK, N. Y. GRAND CENTRAL STA.2 JAN 27 19[missing] 330PM Stroke—192819291930? The Grosvenor
35 FIFTH AVENUE
New York