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To Ferris Greenslet,
Please send royalty check. Appreciates his sending letter about . Enjoyed summer in , but always prefers to spend fall in New England. P.S.: Please send copy of to Jan Hambourg. W. S. C. Willa Cather [Stout #1021]
To Viola Roseboro',
[included with letter are: 1) newspaper clipping announcing that Jervis Bay in has been chosen as the location for a memorial to , 2) typed copy of July 25, 1930, letter to Ferris Greenslet about Cather's work, 3) typed copy of March 24, 1931, letter to Willa Cather] Is sending a review of the Holmes-Pollock letters from the [ , "Justice Holmes in his Letters," , March 23, 1941, p. BR1, BR30], and suggests Roseboro' read them. Is reading the volumes herself, and is enjoying the exchange between the two towering figures. Was thankful to be mentioned in the letters, and will send her a facsimile of the letter written to Ferris Greenslet regarding the book Roseboro' heroically supported. Is also including the text of the note he sent to Cather when he was ninety years old, though it cannot represent the beauty of his penmanship. secretary was the cousin of a friend [May Willard?], and told the friend he read to . Wants to tell her about the terrific joy she has gotten out of delighting old men who thrilled her years ago, like Thomas Hardy and James M. Barrie. Thinks Roseboro', someone who helped her when she was a foolish young person, would appreciate these fruits of her labor. P.S.: Hand is still useless. W.S.C.
To Elsie Cather,
, partial letter;
pages 2 and 3 missing
Has taken a good while to reply to Elsie. Many friends have been dying, and has been dictating sympathy letters to exhaustion. Must take satisfaction from the nice words of the late in the morning's [ , in " in his Letters" (a review of , ed. Mark DeWolfe Howe, , March 23, 1941, p. BR1, BR30), writes "Willa Cather moved him, 'unexpectedly and deeply.'"] Needs such kind comments now more than she did before. Was glad to hear about the house Elsie built in . Agrees with Edith that it was a very intelligent decision. Also pleased that Elsie did not solicit her advice for the choice, as she understands little about the current conditions in and . persists in writing letters saying everything will work out and even persuaded her to let put a well in the Jewell County, , land after the creek ran dry. Ran a deficit because of it. seems to think she would be unfaithful if she did not pay the taxes on the land. This is all to illustrate how little she understands how things are in Webster County. . . . [pages 2 and 3 missing] PS: Sorry that she was so noncommittal about coming to for Christmas. Her hand has worsened rather than improved, and traveling is a real burden. Since she cannot commit to coming to soon, Elsie should do what she wants with the house. The orthopedist from , who only comes to a couple of times a month, is the only one who has been heartening. Enjoy your new house. Willie