Abiquiu, N.M. 12/29/52
Doris writes me you are ill - I had wondered about you as I hadn't heard in so long. - Do have some one else write and tell me if you are not able - It is so long since I have seen you - way back to the time Rose was hereand we went to the [illegible] tribal - I did not go to the Snake Dance as [illegible]- I was too tired - Peggie and her family were at the Ranch till Sept. 14 - As soon as they left I went up there and stayed till Nov. 10 - [illegible] Priest was with me there for three weeks on his way back from [illegible] where he had been with some others - collecting the big Japanese show that is [illegible] to this country - I had [illegivle] up there - she hears much less than before but she makes my life very comfortable and tho I worked all the time I was there in some odd way I had a real rest - so much so that
I plan to go up there this spring and stay - I work too hard in the garden here - I enjoy it enormously but I can not do it and paint too - I wonder if you ever knew [illegible] Einstein - Years ago he was with Alfred and me so much - you may have known him - Alfred had made him his executor if for any reason I could not sense. He was here at the house in Abiquiu with a new wife from Sept. 1 til Dec. 1 - He urged me and helped me to collect all the Stieglitz-material that was here and send it to Yale - It was what Doris should have been working on and [illegible] out of the house, when she was here for 10 months - I had no idea she had stored away [strikeout] here what she had. It was only her [illegible] she wanted to work on it and as I had come to the conclusion she didn't finish things because she didn't want [strikeout] to moveon I decided to do it myself -
I can not leave these [illegible] ends of my life unfinished - I did a lot of pushing - Went through picutres I had sent [illegible] [illegible] to destroy - and 40 went up in flames. - I an die as well as the next one and I just cant leave any more than necessary for any one else to bother with - Doris [illegible] so oddly and unexpectantly ill made me [illegible] aware of it - of course - she is furious and terribly upset - but it seemed to me I had no choice - I can not have her here again for any length of time - she is jut too impossible - and I think she must move away from me and my doings if she is to survive at all - I [strikeout] have written and advised her to send me the key to my room in N.Y. - and that she should go onto any thing that is different - I did not ask for the key - I advised her to drop
Everything as it is - no matter how and walk away - I do not know what will come of it but it seems to me the only thing for her to do for herself - Don't bother to write me about it unless you have some real idea - I see it as a sickness that she had when she came to me and that she fastened on to me for her salvation - - which I am not. - Now do have some one write me what is wrong with you - My fire [strikeout] burns in the corner - there is frost on my windows - I roll my bed over near the window so I can see more with the dawn - The sun begins to creep across the valley and it is time for me to get up - Mary Callery came
For Xmas but will be gone this next week end - and I will be at work - Her being here has been good - it gets me out for a long walk every day - Yesterday we spent at the ranch - took a longwalk in the snow.
The breakfast bell - Francis - I must go - Le me hear of you please
And best greetings to both you and Brynie for 53 -
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