#0012: Willa Cather to Mariel Gere, June 1, 1893

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FARM LOANS NEGOTIATED. CHEAP FARM AND GRAZING LANDS FOR SALE. INSURANCE WRITTEN. DESIRABLE CITY PROPERTY FOR SALE. WELL SECURED NOTES BOUGHT. OFFICE OF
C. F. CATHER.
Real Estate and Loan Broker.
Office Over First National Bank.
Red Cloud, Neb.,2 June 1 1893 Dear Mariel1

—I declare I don't know whether your name is spelled with an e or an a—I am awfully sorry that I did not get up to bid you good bye before I left, but I got a telegram asking me to hurry home as my grandma5 was very ill.6 She is much better now but is still quite weak. All the other folks are well but James7 who has the measels at present. Elsie8 is a little beauty and is as cunning as she can be. The funniest thing she has FARM LOANS NEGOTIATED. CHEAP FARM AND GRAZING LANDS FOR SALE. INSURANCE WRITTEN. DESIRABLE CITY PROPERTY FOR SALE. WELL SECURED NOTES BOUGHT. OFFICE OF
C. F. CATHER.
Real Estate and Loan Broker.
Office Over First National Bank.
Red Cloud, Neb., _____ 189__ 2 yet perpetrated is that she persists in calling Louise9 "WILLWESE" and talks continually about "Willie and Willwese." It is hard on poor Louise to be called a form of the name she detests. You know the fact that I lack a decent first name is a great trial to her, and strange to say she wont call me "Love"10—Not in public, at any rate—. The ol It has been very dry down here, and every one has been talking about rain. Mamma11 told Elsie that God made the rain. FARM LOANS NEGOTIATED. CHEAP FARM AND GRAZING LANDS FOR SALE. INSURANCE WRITTEN. DESIRABLE CITY PROPERTY FOR SALE. WELL SECURED NOTES BOUGHT. OFFICE OF
C. F. CATHER.
Real Estate and Loan Broker.
Office Over First National Bank.
Red Cloud, Neb., _____ 189__ 3 Yesterday Mr. McNitt12 had his two lawn sprinklers going for the first time this year. Elsie came running in screaming, "O Willie! come quick and see, there are two little Gods out in McNitt's yard just raining away like everything."

Please write and tell me Mariel when you w will return from Chicago13 and if you think you and the girls14 could come down and endure the solitude of semi-barbarism some time this summer. We FARM LOANS NEGOTIATED. CHEAP FARM AND GRAZING LANDS FOR SALE. INSURANCE WRITTEN. DESIRABLE CITY PROPERTY FOR SALE. WELL SECURED NOTES BOUGHT. OFFICE OF
C. F. CATHER.
Real Estate and Loan Broker.
Office Over First National Bank.
Red Cloud, Neb., _____ 189__ 4 live in rather primative style you know, but no more so than you did in the Black Hills I suppose. And the children wont bother you any more than the insects you had to contend with in camp.

Say Mariel, you have that "Elizabeth Stuart Phelps-Ward15" business16, have'nt you? Just send it down some time if you think of it. Louise wants to look over it once more when she comes down and see if she thinks the person who wrote it is FARM LOANS NEGOTIATED. CHEAP FARM AND GRAZING LANDS FOR SALE. INSURANCE WRITTEN. DESIRABLE CITY PROPERTY FOR SALE. WELL SECURED NOTES BOUGHT. OFFICE OF
C. F. CATHER.
Real Estate and Loan Broker.
Office Over First National Bank.
Red Cloud, Neb., _____ 189__ 5 necessarily the hardened v villain she thought her two years ago.

Mrs. Wiener17 is very much better. Mrs. Garber18 as jolly as ever.

All the folks send love and Jim sends his regards to "those Gere boys" as he calls Ned and Frances. Tell Ned to telegraph me if she flunks in Latin.

W. Cather

I am forced to direct this Miss M— Gere, as I dont know how to spell your name

June 1 1893
Still re[illegible]ing about Louise
June 1 '93
Return to CHAS. F. CATHER3, RED CLOUD2, Webster Co., Nebraska, If not delivered within 10 days. Miss M. Gere1 C or. D & 9 str Lincoln4 Neb. RED CLOUD NEBR.2 JUNE 1 1893 7 PM June '93 93
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