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#2945: Willa Cather to Beatrix Mizer Florance, March 11 [1936]

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My Dear Trix1;

I have just seen in the home paper3 that Mr. Florance4 has been ill for two months. I had not heard of this illness at all. I get very few letters from Red Cloud5, and Elsie6 is too busy to write often. I wish I could always know of it when my real friends are ill. If Mollie7 had been at home I know she would have written me. What a long hard pull it must have been for both of you. I'm just terribly sorry—that' s all we can do for each other in this queer world, be sorry or glad for our friends.

Please don't try to answer this, my dear. I know how tired you must be and how one gets behind in everything when there is illness in the house. I write because I want you to know that I am thinking of you both,—and that I am very fond of you both. But surely you don't need to be told that after all these years.

We have all had heavy troubles to carry since I saw you last. May Heaven be a little kinder to us now.

Affectionately always Willa Cather
Mrs. Sidney R. Florance1 Red Cloud5 Nebraska NEW YORK,N.Y.STA Y2 MAR 12 1936 1030 AM