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You must think that I am one of those spasmodic people who take a great interest in their friends for a short time and then forget about them altogether. But you have no idea how curiously helpless one is without any right hand at all.4 When I got your letter telling me that you were at home again and feeling very comfortable, I felt as if I must write you at once to tell you how much that good news comforted me. But Miss Bloom5 was out of town, Edith6 was overwhelmed with work trying to get arrangements made for our trip to San Francisco7. Even our very good maid8, who has been so helpful through my illness, was at her home sick for a whole week and worst of all, because of new regulation, it is now impossible for me to telephone telegrams from my apartment by way of the nearby telegraph office where I am known. Messages now have to be telephoned through the central office, where references and identifications are required.
In spite of an accident to my metal brace9 and bad weather I, too, can report good progress. All my four fingers are now flexible and are very seldom painful.
My dear friend May Willard10 (she was the "darling May" who puzzled you in my Christmas letter) died in San Francisco three weeks ago. She was the first friend I made in Pittsburgh11; she dated back at least a year before Isabelle12. She was then reference librarian in the Carnegie Library, and was of the greatest help and encouragement to me in every way. She made my former visits to San Francisco very gay and happy.
I have just had to make out for a distinguished man who is lecturing on the Archbishop13, in France14, a list of the foreign translations of that book with their titles and publishers. I send you a copy of the list.
Edith and I have been held back in our arrangement for leaving New York2, but you may be sure that you will see us before the month of June is over. We have decided to take the California Limited, over the Santa Fe. That cuts off at Barstow15 and does not go through the Los Angeles16 district. That elimination of Los Angeles17 is very desirable for me at present.
Please obey the schedule18 of daily life laid out in Dr. Hart's19 letter. When I see you I will tell you how closely I have followed his schedule myself, and how I have found it possible to live and work even when I cut out so many things I used to do.
Your Virginia20 has some comprehension of what we are up against. Dear Margaret21 just repeats what her husband says like a little phonograph. I must admit I have not met Shannon22, but I've met his opinions!Lovingly, Willie Mr. R. C. Cather1, Colusa,3 California NEW YORK, N.Y. STA. Y2 JUN 9 1941 330 PM