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#2385: Willa Cather to Margaret Cather Shannon, August 3 [1943]

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With trunks packed, all reservations made—we w we won't get to Grand Manan4 after all! Two teeth which Edith5 had crowned in May have cropped up with a nasty ache in this damp climate. One or both may produce abcess at any time. Excellent dentist here says pretty risky to go off to an island. If there were a boat to mainland every day we'd of course risk it. The last summer you were there I had a sore tooth (recently filled) all the time. It obligingly waited until one week after I returned to New York6 and then turned up with a thrumping, pounding abcess and had to be pulled at once. But one can't count on such considerate procrastination. So it's all off, and we are bitterly, bitterly disappointed. Everything ready up there, the cottage open and aired for two weeks and kind friends expecting us. Too bad!

Lovingly W. S. C.
Mrs. Richard Shannon1 7805 Nineteenth Drive Jackson Heights Long Island New York NORTHEAST HARBOR MAINE2 AUG 3 1943 630PM ASTICOU INN