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#2930: Willa Cather to Louise Guerber Burroughs, [July 20, 1944]

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Name4 of the Indian Chief5 who befriended the first French missionaries who landed on Les Monts desert See Parkman6 (ASTICOU) INN
Dear Louise1;

What is this about seven letters from you that I never got? I was registered at the hospital under the name of Lewis7—that may sound like affectation, but it's really a great convenience. Was that operation8 postponed? I wish it had been postponed eternally! I am still very vague about everything that happened in those weeks. All letters from my family were sent to 570 Park9, and all reached me through Miss Bloom10. She calls for my letters twice a week when I am away, and she always knows where to forward them.

I had hoped you were on your vacation and far away from the heat wave. The tail end of came up the coast and reached us even here2. Oldest inhabitant could not remember etc. Miss Bloom has written me ghastly accounts.

No, thank you. I couldn't meet Sir James Jeans11 in my present torpid state. I enjoy Walter Scott12 even more than I did last summer. I am reading the best of him over for the second time.

The picture of Southwest Harbor13 is very nice—especially the sailing ship. None about now, though we have sail boats. The guests here are nearly all old-fashioned gentlefolk, and the children are charming—lovely manners and bubbling with co curiosity and joy. Surprises me!

Forgive a hotel pen and a fairly stiff wrist14. Dr. Ober15 will be along in August and perhaps he can loosen it up a bit.

Please tell me when your vacation does come.

Affectionately W. S. C.
W. S. Cather ASTICOU INN NORTHEAST HARBOR2 MAINE Mrs. Bryson Burroughs1 Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City3 New York NORTHEAST HARBOR, MAINE2 JUL 20 1944 630 PM NEW YORK, N. Y.3 JUL 22 1944 6-AM