Skip to main content

#1058: Willa Cather to Emil Pavelka and Edward John Pavelka, June 26, 1931

More about this letter…
Plain view:

Guide to Reading Letter Transcriptions

Some of these features are only visible when "plain text" is off.

Textual Feature Appearance
passage deleted with a strikethrough mark deleted passage
passage deleted by overwritten added letters overwritten passage
passage added above the line passage with added text above
passage added on the line passage with added text inline
passage added in the margin passage with text added in margin
handwritten addition to a typewritten letter typed passage with added handwritten text
missing or unreadable text missing text noted with "[illegible]"
uncertain transcriptions word[?]
notes written by someone other than Willa Cather Note in another's hand
printed letterhead text printed text
text printed on postcards, envelopes, etc. printed text
text of date and place stamps stamped text
VIRTUS NON STEMMA
The Grosvenor3
35 FIFTH AVENUE
New York
My dear Boys1:

I expect you think I have forgotten all about you and your Commencement, but you are quite mistaken. I was delighted to get your pictures and have shown them to many of my friends in Pasadena4 and New York2, telling them "That is the kind of fine Bohemian boys we have in Nebraska5". It grieves me to think that Annie6 hasn't any little boys any more, but I am very proud of all the big boys7. My brother-in-law, Mr. Auld8 of Red Cloud9, was here yesterday and he said he hasd seen one of you at some affair or athletic show not long ago, and that he was well pleased with you.

One reason you have not heard from me is that I have been graduating10 myself! I hurried on East to take a degree11 at Princeton and I had a very exciting time. At the President's12 dinner Colonel Lindbergh13 took me out to dinner and sat at my right, and the next day I lunched with him and Mrs. Lindbergh14. I met a great many fine people, and they treated me well, I assure you.

It made me very sad to hurry15 through Nebraska and not see any of you, but I am coming to see you all before another year goes by. I promise myself that, every time I feel blue. You see, it is only the fact that my mother16 has been so ill and helpless in California17 that has kept me away from Nebraska. All the time I have for visiting must go to her.

With love to you both and a great deal of love to your mother and Elizabeth18 and all your brothers, I am always

Faithfully your friend, Willa Cather