#1927: Willa Cather to Elsie Cather, August 22 [1934]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My Dear Elsie1;

The home3 papers4 have come at last with the sad account of Doctor Creighton5's funeral. And to think that Carrie6 and Walter7 should be called home from their long-deferred vacation by such a misfortune.! Your hard summer there has certainly cast a shadow over my summer here. The Western weather record given in the New York8 papers do not encourage me much.

My dear Elsie, I do not see how you can go back to Lincoln9 and take up your work after such a trying summer. Why don't you take a year off, and go on a cruise as Irene10 did? Douglass11 and I between us would pay for your trip. It is only fair that we should, after you have taken care of Bess12 when we were far away from the scene of trouble. Think it over and try to form a pleasant plan for the future, the coming year. You owe it to yourself and we owe it to you.

I have't written you lately because I got my eyes badly sunburned and have not been [illegible]using them, but I have been thinking about you a great deal and wondering what is best for you to do. I wonder if it would not be best for you to take Bess back to the hospital13. I can't advise, because I don't know all the conditions, but don't hesitate to let me know when you need more money. Did you get a rain about a week ago, and do you think your trees will survive? Write me a line when you have time, but don't have it on your mind. Goodbye, my dear. I wish I could be of some real help to you.

Willie