S d -: \L Avil6s, Asturias, Spain
June 13, 1967
Mrs. C. D. Towers
3500 Richmond Street
Please accept my sincere apology for not having written you sooner.
My failure to do so has not been due to wilful neglect, I as-ure you.
I arrives in Avil6s on the 25th of May and on the 27th I was suddenly
stricken with an acute attack of Pleurisy which has kept me in bed until
today. Even now I am confined to the house for the rest of this month.
I didn't realize that Pleurisy could be so painful and so treacherous
if not properly treated to begin with.
As you will realize, I have not had the opportunity to call upon the
Honorable Mayor of Avil6s, my good friend Don Fernando Suarez del Villar,
to present to him the mementos of St. Augustine which you so graciously
sent him. Just as soon as I can get out of the house, I shall make an
appointment to see the Mayor and discuss with him the possibility of
trying to raise some money, locally, for the restoration of Pedro Me-
nendez's home. You have really fired me with great ambition and desire.
I am truly sorry that I could not be in St. Augustine for the dedica-
tion of the Hispanic Garden. I have read, with much interest, all of
the accounts in connection with the dedication. Believe it or not, I
received no less than five copies of the article which appeared in the
Florida Times Union, Tuesday May 2nd, on "Elizabeth's Employment Or
How Mrs. Towers Built a Garden." Every one who knew me in Jacksonville,
sent me a copy because I had told them all of my very, very pleasant
association with you. I found the write up most interesting and fair
without its exagerating one bit all the credit due you for your gigantic
undertaking and successful accomplishment. I ohly hope we can do some-
thing here though I know we could never begin to match, not even approx-
imate, your goals, but if we can at least promote some interest and
raise a little money locally, perhaps we can get the powers that be at
the Institute of Hispanic Culture in Madrid, to st up an appropriation
to get the house restored.
I assure you I am going to do my dead level best to arouse some interest
even if I have to shame the people of Avil6s into recognizing how utter-
ly indifferent they have been toward a project which I feel would be
of great value to Avil6s. We'll see whether I have any luck or not.
I'll keep you posted.
Thank you so much for the slides you sent me. I shall try to put them
to the best use possible.
If yTour charming sister Eleanor is still with you, please remember me
to her. Also lease remember me to Mrs. Wolfe, Mrs. MacMillan, Rita
O'brien, and/or all the other charming ladies I met at Mrs. Wolfe's
Very best wishes to you for a good summer. I am sure you have earned
a good rest. Take it.
I can not tell you how much it has meant to me to know you and I shall
cherish always the very brief but meaningful association I had with you.
Very sihcerely y
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