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I am very happy today because last night I was with two of your daughters,
and it was almost as if you were there yourself. Margaret4, your Virginia5 and Richard
Shannon6 dined with me at Schraffts7—it was Sunday night, our maid8's free day. It was the first time I
had met Richard, and I am so happy to tell you that I liked him very much
from the start. You know I "click" or do not click with people at a first
meeting. That is I know at once whether they are the kind I can be easy and
frank with. Well, I clicked with Richard. He is the kind of young man I
like; easy and natural, without any affectation or attitude. Just being able
li look at him with kind and affectionate
(that is not too strong) interest made me feel closer to Margaret, and even
to you and Meta9. A right marriage does that you know. It draws old
friends closer together instead of estranging them. You may be tempted to
send this letter to Margaret, but I forbid you. I shall tell her in my own
way that I liked him, and I don't want the young man to feel that he has
suddenly inherited a sentimental aunt.
Your Virginia has great charm for me—she must have for many people. The
touch of withdrawn-ness she had as a school girl has quite vanished, has
become a gentle dignty dignity without
stiffness. She has met many people and learned
to take people more casually and to trust people in general more, I think.
And I love to look at her—such a charming face, with many shades in it, and
much more open than it used to be—without losing an attractive reserve. I
think she has unusual charm.
The truth is that I lay awake a long while after I went to bed because I had enjoyed so much being with my family, with your dear daughters and Margaret's young man.Lovingly Willie Mr. R. C. Cather1 COLUSA3 California NEW YORK. N. Y2 JUNE 9 1942 1030 AM