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#2383: Willa Cather to Elizabeth Cather Ickis, [May 7, 1943]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Darling Elizabeth1;

After Mr. Shannon4 telephoned me the good news5, I wrote out a telegram and went to the nearest Western Union. The operator threw my message back at me. "We can't send messages of this sort. In case of the death of a child I could send it, but nothing of this kind. Government orders.6" So, you see, your John's7 first questionable act, according to our noble government, is coming into the world alive!

Anyhow I'm delighted that he came that way, and that his little mother didn't have too hard a time. I know how proud your father8 will be to have two grandsons.

Congratulations, my dear, and my true love to you.

Your Aunt Willie

How delighted little Margaret9 must be!

Mrs. Lynn S. Ickis1 16221 E Greyton Road East Cleveland3 Ohio NEW YORK N.Y.2 MAY 8 1943 330 PM