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#0238: Willa Cather to Louise Pound, [June 27, 1912]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Louise1;

I got your letter a long while ago, but I have been so busy jumping about in Arizona4 and New Mexico5 that I have not kept up with my mail at all. Now that I am home for a few weeks, I am trying to apologize for my neglect. I had two months of splendid adventure down there with my brother Douglass6. All the same, one has to muster up a good deal of energy and hardihood to travel in the Southwest7. Once you leave the railroad, the rides are long and the water stations far apart.

I am afraid I shall not get to Lincoln3 this year. I am waiting here for my brother Roscoe8 who is coming down from the Wind River Mountains next week, and after he goes away I shall have to get back to New York9 as soon as possible. Elsie10 is still visiting her classmates—she happens to be in Maine11 just now, at York Beach12. She is going to teach Latin in the high school at Lander, Wyoming13, (where Roscoe lives) this winter, and next year she hopes to take a post-graduate course under you, I think.

I was ill a good part of the winter, but I am perfectly well now and eager to get to work again. I hope I shall not have to be in the office very much until the hot weather is over. I wish I could see you before I go away; but perhaps you are somewhere in New England14 yourself by this time. Don’t bother to read “Alexander15,” but I hope you’ll find time to read “The Bohemian Girl16,” which comes out in McClure's17 in August. That, I think, is real as far as it goes.

Please remember me warmly to your mother18 and sister19, and to the Gere girls20 when you see them; and please send me a line again sometime; I want to have a few more letters from you before your handwriting becomes so Gothic that I can’t read it at all!

Faithfully Willa Cather
Miss Louise Pound1 1632 L Street Lincoln3 Nebraska RED CLOUD NEBR.2 JUN 27 1912 730 P