#0052: Willa Cather to Winifred Richardson Garber, [October 1 to 4, 1898]

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My Dear Fred1

Just a line to you before I turn my unwilling face Eastward3 tomorrow. Your letter was deeply appreciated by mother4 and myself. I did feel that we did'nt just get at each other someway when you were here, but that nice adjustment of sympathy doesn't always come at once to people who have been separated for a good while. There were several questions about your future plans I wanted to ask you, but I felt confident that you would tell me what you wished me to know of them in your own good time.

By all means let me hear from you after you leave5 Falls City6. Address me at 304 South Craig Street, Pittsburgh7.

I particularly want you to do a favor for me if you see Mr. McNeny8 again. I have been trying to see him for a week to explain why I have been so little in the office he kindly let me have to work in. The reason is that I have not been working, but decided to see all I could of my family while I am with them. Mother fears that possibly he might in some way misconstrue my non-appearance and as we have always liked him I very much wish him to know the real cause of it.

For mercy's sake let us keep track of you and the children9. Individually and as a family we are very fond of you all. You'll excuse this incoherent scrawl when I say I write it sitting on an open trunk

Faithfully Willa

Mother sends her best wishes.