2219 California Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008
January 21, 1966
Your sweet letter made us homesick. Many times on the trip I thought of Kitty Hawk and our little parties with you as the evening sun was going down. It is painful to think that we may not see you and Frank until late spring.
Wiley is a mess and the doctors give him a month or so at best a year. We spent two hours in the hospital every morning and two hours every afternoon. He came home the day before we left, but for how long I don't know. We spent twenty-four hours in San Antonio with Florence's sister whom she had not seen for thirty years. She hadn't changed except that she too is far from well. The girls look very much alike. In New Orleans we were three days with the Feiblemans. They knocked themselves out showing Florence the sights. It was all new to Florence but I tagged along. They took us to the best eating houses where of course I put on weight.
When I got off the train in Washington I swore I would not take another trip again. The first letter I opened at the apartment summoned me to Europe on July 1 to receive an honorary degree from an ancient and famous universtity. We will go over in June and return as soon as possible after July 1. My main difficulty will be to separate Florence from her mad desire to climb the Matterhorn, see the Taj Mahal, and indulge in other monkeyshines. However, we will have a good stretch at Kitty Hawk in April and May.
Washington is a mad whirl from swell society to running a bistro for visiting poets, philosophers and artists. When I can get down I don't know. I am stuck here until at least February 15 because of meetings, including a trip to Harvard. There are other clouds on the horizon. I have engaged a decayed theologian to pray for me as that seems to be my last hope.
We are, of course, delighted with the progress you and Frank are making. Make Frank behave himself and you do the same.
Please give our affectionate greetings to the Fischers, also Harry and the Phillips.
Much love to you both.
Took time out to write
Dear Mrs. Maude,
It was a wonderful and meaningful visit with you. It was like almost the last 15 years have not gone by and our dear beloved Frank would have come in the room and greeted us with a cheerful "Hello." It is like you said, You cannot go through Southern Shores and not feel him. We went out to Currituck Sound and meditated about times gone. At times it seems that even in this [great] hurry, hurry time - the great things still [stowed] still and eternal. We cheeriseh your gift to our family
and will keep it as a dear memory.
God bless you and keep you and give you many peaceful days.
With love to you from all of us