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#2176: Sarah J. Bloom on behalf of Willa Cather to Roscoe Cather, December 20, 1940

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Dear Mr. Cather1:

Your sister, Willa Cather, is now in a New York2 hospital for treatment for an injured right hand3. Her hand is in splints and she is unable to sign either letters or checks. She will be in the hospital for two weeks, I hope not longer. She does not give anyone the name of the hospital4 (a very good one) because she doesn't want any flowers sent to her. The cruel way in which flowers are necessarily treated in a hospital hurts her even worse than her hand, she says. She asked me to tell you that the royal bottle of Benedictine was unwrapped and safely stowed away before she left the apartment, and will be royally recognized when she returns. If anything important should come up in her absence, you can write to Miss Lewis5, who will bring it to Miss Cather's attention.

With all her heart she wishes you a Happy Christmas, and she begs you to believe that she does not at all dread this retirement from the world at this season. Letters of congratulation about her new book6 have come in in such numbers that she is glad to escape.

Very sincerely yours, S. J. Bloom7Secretary to Miss Willa Cather