A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Mariel GereMay 2, 1896 from Red Cloud, Nebr.WCPM 

Appreciates her help getting through scrapes during years at the university. Now another one. Keeps making a fool of herself! Keeps trying on personas (the scholarly, the bohemian)! Would consider suicide but knows her stupidities spring from liking someone too well. People always watching her, waiting for her to do something unusual. Feels superficial and useless where she is. Little brother Jack is the one consolation. Has been to a dance with Douglass and actually enjoyed it. Miner girls there. Met a Miss [Anna] Gayhardt and talked all night. Can't talk like this to Katharine [Weston], of course. Hopes to get up to Lincoln soon. Professor Bates very happy in his new job.    Willa   [Stout #24]


To Carrie Miner SherwoodDec. 14, [1933?]WCPM 

Please have Mrs. Burden [storekeeper] pack up a box of Christmas groceries for Mrs. Lambrecht and purchase some good coffee for Annie Pavelka. Has sent Annie a check and some discarded clothes. Is sending a check to [name blocked out]. But the spectacle of poverty may be even harsher in the city.   Willie   [Stout #1205]


To Elsie CatherSeptember 5, [1934?]UNL-Rosowski Cather 

Appreciates wonderful, reassuring letter, which answered her questions about Dr. Creighton and Bess.  Feels overwhelmed by good news of Bess.  Will Elsie please take a good stock of food out there from Mrs. Burden's store so that Mrs. Kourtner can cook.  Buy them new bedding or furniture if they need it.  Is enclosing a check for forty dollars to assist with property taxes. Hopes Elsie will give Kitty work; will help her and Elsie both.  Is as pleased as the Bishop that Elsie saved the trees at the church. Bishop is an impressive man.  If West Virginia is to be at the University of Chicago, why doesn't Elsie go there for Christmas and enjoy some shows and music?  She herself always stays at the La Salle hotel. Is amazed that though she is so busy Elsie had the house painted, but a good time to do it with labor and materials cheap.  Nebraska climate always hard, but Michigan, Wisconsin, and even England are very hot and dry now.  Grand Manan seems to be the only cool place left.  Wishes she could bring Red Cloud in its entirety there for a week.  Friend of J. M. Barrie wrote to ask that she inscribe a book to Barrie, since he often reads Death Comes for the Archbishop and My Antonia.  Hard to know how to write such an inscription; he would not be pleased by anything reeking of flattery.  Would rather write a book than this, but has to do it.  Elsie should take it easy and rest after the heat of the summer.   Willie 


To Bess Seymour [January 21?, 1906] UNL-Rosowski Cather 

Thanks for the letter about the baby [probably Mary Virginia Auld, niece, born November 11, 1905], who likely had a rich Christmas. Had a good trip to New York, but unfortunately was too busy to see the Wieners. Will someday show Bess the beautiful dress she bought for the dinner [Cather attended a dinner at Delmonico's in New York celebrating the 70th birthday of Mark Twain in December 1905]. Auntie Gore's letter said that Douglass Clark has nine children, that Perry's kids are living in Winchester and Walter works at a bank, and Howard Gore's wife is wintering in Switzerland and sending Sidney to school there. Auntie doesn't seem to enjoy their living abroad. Was good of Alec Bentley to visit his father. Is Mrs. Governor Garber still in Red Cloud? Sends affection to everyone, particularly the baby. Tell Mollie hello and please write and get Jess to write, too. PS: Is wearing garters Jess gave her. Received many Christmas gifts, including silk stockings, a leather bag, a pin, hand-embroidered clothing, and books.  Willie 


To Anna Hempstead Branch,  undated [1908-1912?] , from 82 Washington PlaceSmith 

Just received her letters. Sorry, but is busy tonight; thanks for the invitation. Please come to tea on Monday. Miss Bunner [?] and other friends will come. P.S.: The afternoon at Mrs. Fields's was so enjoyable!  Willa Sibert Cather