george-santayanaTo Mercedes de la Escalera
[Rome.] [1942]

Many thanks for your having given me the message from George. When you write to him, tell him that I continue in good health, that I received (with seven months’ delay) the letter that came in care of the Spanish Embassy and that I am grateful for his efforts. I do not need money at present, and if I should need some, I believe that there would be means of getting it here as I have relations with some Italians who are familiar with my situation and who could supply me with the modest sums that I would need. In spite of everything I am contented, so much so that I believe that old age is the happiest part of my life.

From The Letters of George Santayana:  Book Seven, 1941-1947.  Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2006.
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