A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Sister [Jessica Cather Auld?],  Saturday [Dec. 1923?] TWU 

Saw Dr. Fordyce, the skin specialist, yesterday, and he diagnosed problem as ringworm; said she must have been in contact with an animal that had it. Cut ten pieces of skin away and sent to a laboratory, and they found ringworm fungus in every piece. First noticed the blisters about two months ago when she was in France. Dog there had seemed to have mange but had recovered several weeks before she noticed the places. Doctor said it takes six weeks to two months to incubate. Has had x-ray treatments and will probably have three more; using iodine and a zinc lotion. Was able to go to the theatre last night wearing long sleeves and gloves. Colored maid is working out well; cooks lunch, does all the cleaning and washing, and manages well with all the shopping and errands; is happy to do that for $20 a week. Happy holidays to everyone. [unsigned; possibly a last page missing]   [Stout #708]


To Irene Miner Weisz,  Tuesday [Feb. 17, 1925] , from New YorkNewberry 

Thanks for the spectacular roses, which have an impact like that of strong personalities. Edith has enjoyed them, too, and Mattie liked them so much, gave her one to wear to a dance for the colored people. Glad she understood the emotions inside the story [ The Professor's House ].   Willie   [Stout #770]


To Mary Virginia Cather,  Sunday [pm October 26, 1924] UNL-Southwick 

Sorry she hasn't written, but it is tiring to return home after being gone so long. Thankfully, Edith arrived two weeks earlier and, with Mrs. Winn, cleaned the apartment better than ever. Even the rugs and curtains were cleaned. Had to hire a new maid, since Montana returned to the south—Mattie, a lovely mulatto gal from Baltimore. Likes her a lot. Hopes she doesn't return south the way so many do. Trained her last week and together put up five quarts of wonderful quince preserves. Is worried about parents over the winter. Wishes they could go to wonderful place in Winchester she knows about. Is writing daily, but slowed by housekeeping needs. Hopes mother enjoys staying with Mrs. Wolfe. Mary Virginia's school sent invitation to Thanksgiving, but unsure if she can go.   Willie