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I am not a good enough writer to tell you how much I appreciate your long
confidential letter with its account of all
you have been doing3. You put the situation to me so clearly that I feel as
if I had been through your adventures with you. I am so glad, oh so glad, that you
and Meta4 are to be released at last from
those long, hard Wyoming5 winters which you
have borne so bravely: and that now you are to spend your time in that northern part
of California6, which to me is so much more
beautiful than the southern part. Even though you should not make a great deal of
money, it will be a grand move. What can money buy that is so worth while as
beautiful country and the pleasant things of every-day life which so often go with
Your picture7 of Colusa8 seems to me just the sort of town I would
like myself. I like everything about northern California, except the fact that there
are a great many idle, drifting, shallow people there. Just the kind of people among
wife10 cuts a simper in the South ,.
B but you and Meta
will find your own kind of people, even in
I am so glad that you have had this wonderful visit11 with Douglass12. I love to have you two men happy together. Yes, you are quite right; he has more of Father13 in him than any of us, and he has kept so remarkably young in face and feeling. (But wasn't it funny that I was the only one who got Father's hands? And the older I grow, the more they are like his.)
I must say again, dear boy, that nothing could please me more than to know that you
and Meta are going to live in a mild climate, and that you are going to be near
Douglass. And when I go out to stay with the Menuhins14, I can
seevisit you. Your town cannot be very far from Los Gatos15.
I return to N.Y.16 a week from today