A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant,  Sunday [pm. Mar. 26, 1912] PM 

Mrs. McClung had a relapse on Saturday that seems serious. Has been taking refuge in Michelet; just finished the third volume. Recommends Richard Wagner's autobiography; it is so honest and direct.   W. S. C.   [Stout #219]


To Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant,  n.d. [pm. Apr. 19, (1912)] postcard ; PM 

Has reached Winslow. Is worried about Elsie's news.   W. S. C.   [Stout #220]


To Elizabeth Shepley SergeantApr. 26, 1912, from Winslow, Ariz.PM 

People are ultimately more interesting than scenery. Feels restless when the wind keeps her from going riding. Douglass has been on a run for three days, leaving her with a brakeman named Tooker, who keeps house and goes off drinking at night. A big talker. Has been target-shooting with a pistol and may use Tooker for a target if he doesn't drop the polysyllabics. Mainly enjoying the Mexicans in the area, who live south of the train tracks in a delightful village. Hopes to go to Flagstaff and see cliff dwellings tomorrow.   W. S. C.   [Stout #224]


To Elizabeth Sergeant [in North Carolina]May 2, [1912], postcard ; PM 

Yes, does remember springtime in the South. Has gotten over her loneliness. Won't get to Mexico after all.   W. S. C.   [Stout #225]


To Elizabeth Shepley SergeantMay 12, [1912], postcard with printed text about Hopi ; UVa 

Has been out with a priest visiting his Indian missions. Some Mexicans came and played for her, and a young man as beautiful as Antinous sang.   W.   [Stout #228]


To Elizabeth Shepley SergeantMay 21, [1912], from Bright Angel Camp, Grand CanyonPM 

[Note by Sergeant indicates that Edith Lewis asked her to withhold this letter from the library.] So much has happened, no time to write. The beautiful young man she met when riding to the missions with the priest is named Julio, pronounced hu-lio. Has been camping in canyons with Tooker and doing some pretty daring climbing. Went down a cliff using hand-holds. Spent a day in the Painted Desert with Julio and could hardly get over it. Now the Grand Canyon. Wonderful how unspoiled it is, not a single souvenir shop. New Mexico is wonderful but expensive. Elsie would love it, but her money would go and she would take up with a sweetheart who would take all her attention. Has been asked to a Mexican dance when back in Winslow, and then if she can tear herself away from Julio will go to Albuquerque with Douglass. Didn't mean to go on and on about Julio—it's just that he's so fascinating. People would be fighting over him as an artist's model in New York.   W. S. C.   [Stout #229]


To Elizabeth Shepley SergeantMay 30, [1912], postcard with printed text about AcomaPM 

The expanse of the country, along with the cost of hiring horses, has worn her out. Will start for Red Cloud on Sunday [June 2].   W.   [Stout #230]


To Irene Miner Weisz,  n.d. [pm. May 30, 1912] , from Albuquerque, postcard ; Newberry 

Likes the old part of Albuquerque. Has had a wonderful time.   W. S. C.   [Stout #231]


To Elizabeth Shepley SergeantJune 2, [1912] postcard with printed text about Isleta [largest of the Rio Grande pueblos] ; PM 

Sorry she has discovered that book of bad poetry. She shouldn't waste good money buying a copy.   W. S. C.   [Stout #232]


To Elizabeth Shepley SergeantJune 15,[1912], from Red Cloud, Nebr.PM 

Got away from the desert, but may yet go back and get Julio. Sorry to hear she is no better. Would like to go to France with her. Knows she will like Avignon. A good place to work. Enclosing a translation of a serenade Julio sang to her, which is not proper for a woman to sing to anyone but her lover or her husband. ["Serenata Mejicana," which ends "The heart of night is still—/ Beloved, sleep!"]   W. S. C.   [Stout #236]


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