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#2374: Willa Cather to Margaret Cather Shannon, [June 15, 1942]

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Dear Little Margaret1;

I have been trying to snatch a moment to write to you ever since our happy meeting5. But Edith6 is now in the seventh week of a serious eye affliction—an ulcer on the cornea of her right eye. Three oculists, hot compresses for three hours a day!

But I did find time to write7 your father8 and tell him how happy I was to be with you and Virginia9, and how much I liked your Richard10. I took to him at once. He is the kind of young man I trust on sight and can always get on with. I wrote Roscoe all about how much I was pleased to meet him. I send you Roscoe's reply to my letter. You see, it is always easier for me to praise people to their father than to their face! Excuse my English. I feel sure that your Richard and I will be good friends.

Lovingly Your Aunt Willie

You see Edith's long eye affliction makes life pretty complicated for me. We can't make plans at all.

FROM CATHER
570 PARK AVE.3, NEW YORK CITY2
Mrs. Richard Shannon1 7805 19th Drive Jackson Heights Long Island4 New York. NEW YORK, N.Y.2 JUN 16 1942 12–M
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