A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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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 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]

To Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant Mar. 19, 1914PM 

Has received her two letters, but had such lassitude, couldn't write. Sees the doctor every other day. Is trying to work a little. Has been to the opera twice; missing hair not so conspicuous at night. Isabelle stayed almost a month.   Willa   [Stout #279]

To Ferris Greenslet,  n.d. [prob. late Aug. 1918] , from Scarsdale, N.Y.Harvard 

Is spending a week with the Hambourgs and will then go west by way of New York. Several musicians there who play chamber music every night. It's heavenly, but the quiet of corn fields will be a welcome rest.   W. S. C.   [Stout #429]

To Irene Miner WeiszDec. 10, [1921?]Newberry 

Doesn't remember giving her money for ticket to Lincoln. Is sure she owes more of the hotel bill. Has ordered photos from Omaha. Josephine is back for half days; cooks a French dinner every night and will soon have her ailing stomach better. New doctor admires Ántonia but would rather he paid attention to her intestines.   Willa   [Stout #565]

To Henry Seidel Canby,  Sunday night [Sept. 1922?] Beinecke 

Sending thanks to Mrs. Canby, if the wonderful review was written by her.   Willa Cather   [Stout #622]

To Irene Miner Weisz,  Tuesday [Nov. 14, 1922] , from New YorkNewberry 

Will leave New York Sunday the 26th, arriving Chicago the next morning. Could spend Monday night with her. Still not well from pleurisy. So glad Irene will be in Red Cloud and hopes they can travel together.   Willie   [Stout #641]

To Mrs. George Seibel, Tuesday [Nov. 21, 1922?] details do not all fit with this date, but she may have been wishing to avoid seeing Mrs. Seibel, from New YorkWCPM 

Returned from Boston last night [?] for the opening of a friend's play at the Empire [Zoë Akins's The Texas Nightingale]. Leaves Friday [?] for Nebraska to stay through Christmas. Sorry to miss her, but must get ready for the trip. Would like a chance to talk with her about Mr. Seibel's review of One of Ours. P.S.: Do go see The World We Live In.  Willa Cather   [Stout #646]

To Irene Miner Weisz,  Saturday [Jan. 13, 1923] , from New YorkNewberry 

Arrived last night feeling somewhat better. Appreciates Irene's taking her in to recover. Edith says otherwise she would have been in the hospital.   Willa   [Stout #663]

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]

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