#2267: Willa Cather to Meta Schaper Cather, April 20, 1941

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My dear Meta1:

Your letter and Dr. Kimmel's5 arrived today. This is Sunday and I cannot see Dr. Hart6 - queer name for a heart specialist, but that is his name. He was abroad when Douglass7 was here8, or I would have chosen him before Dr. Patterson9. I have already talked to Dr. Garbat10. I will get Dr. Hart to write a letter of advice either to you or Dr. Kimmel. In the meantime, I want you to thank Dr. Kimmel for his very clear and definite statement of Roscoe's11 original condition12 and present improvement. I am sure that you yourself have worked out in your own mind what my general physician has already told me; namely, that those trips to Los Angeles13 and Long Beach14 must be absolutely cut out. And that Roscoe, with as little excitement as possible, must turn over his executorship to a legal firm in which he has absolute confidence. The lawyers who attend to my little business are trustees for hundreds of estates, many of them very large ones; indeed, that is their principal business. Of course, I realize that a legal firm without Roscoe behind it would not be so careful as it would with Roscoe behind it. But it is just a question of whether Roscoe wishes to go on living or not. Dr. Garbat thinks it very doubtful whether he should ever drive a car again. But that would not matter, since you are a splendid driver. For Heaven's sake, my dear sister, don't let him use himself up so that the "heirs" to Douglass' estate will get a few more dollars out of it!

I am writing this hastily to get it off on the quickest possible mail. My thoughts for the last few days have been scarcely anywhere but with you and Roscoe. The situation simply makes me short of breath. For instance, yesterday I poured a very strong ammonia tonic into my eyecup and washed my eye with it, with the result that I have had to keep wet cloths on it today.

Give Ross a gentle hug for me. WILLA CATHER

P.S. Meta, dear, I have ordered a delightful adventure book15 for Roscoe, by Neville Shute16. That is not his real name. He is a very important officer in the English air service, and he wrote this book when he was laid up a short time from injuries in the service. I read it when I was in the hospital at Christmas time, with great pleasure. It's very modern, the way the kids talk (the air kids, I mean). But it's splendidly worked out, and the little pictures of the English public men which come into it are so much like those I have myself known. Maybe he will like you to read it to him. I know you will both love the Dutch sea captain who comes in at the latter part of the story, and the diver who does down to examine the lost submarine. Think of me when you chuckle.

W. S. Cather 570 Park Ave.3 New York City2 Mrs. R. C. Cather1, Colusa4, California. NEW YORK N.Y. STA. N2 APR 20 1941 7 PM