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#1983: Willa Cather to Elsie Cather, July 1 [1938]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My Dear Sister1;

To think that this poor little wraith is still living—and Douglass3 not! Thank you for your dear letter about the services4, dear Elsie. It has given me more comfort than I would have it possible for a letter to give. I shall always keep it, in a big envelope where I have all the boys'5 letters about Douglass' death. They have all been very kind in writing me. Yes, it comforts me to read that letter. We6 are hoping to get off to Grand Manan7 next week. If I can get to working for two hours every morning, will pull me together more than anything else could, even if the work is not very good. But here2 I sleep badly and I can do little toward preparing to go away.

My love to all the boys and to Meta8. Kiss little Margaret9 for me. Do try to see poor Mrs. Bates10, Mother's nurse if you can, dear. It would mean a great deal to her. She was very fond of Douglass.

Lovingly & gratefully W.