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#2785: Willa Cather to Helen Louise Cather Southwick, [February 1946]

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My Dear1

I have telephoned you every day since I came home from the Hospital3 one week ago (Westfield 2-5586-J is that still the right number?) There are so many things I want to thank you for! The lovely iris and jonquils you brought me from you and Charles4 outlived and out-shone many other flowers because you brought them in from the country, whereas flowers ordered from a New York2 florist go through the middlemen before they reach the shop. A fine bottle of cologne water came from Jim5 and Ethel6, but I think you must have selected it. Please thank them—I will write them when I ean can. This is the first time I have taken up a pen, and my hand is still a bit crabbed.

No wonder you have had influenza—was there ever such devilish weather!

Oh yes, the operation turned out very well—there was nothing ugly or alarming in the bump. Surgery is rather exhausting, however.

Lovingly Your Aunt Willa