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#1105: Willa Cather to Carrie Miner Sherwood, [April 1932]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My Dear Carrie1;

I am heartily ashamed that this check, (which I thought you would need to pay for the planting and to keep the place3 going until Elsie4 comes home) has lain on my desk for nearly a month. I have been terribly busy- - - mostly with things that don't interest me much. I have wanted to send you a few letters which I knew would interest you. The one written by my publisher, Alfred Knopf5, from London6, I send you because of what he says about Sigrid Undset7, the Norwegian writer. You have her books in the Library8, have you not?

I know you will like the letter from the man9 in Borneo10. I have no need to buy adventure stories, when so many come to me through the mail.

After you and Mary11 have read the letters, please send them back to me.

Tell Walter12 I think he a TRUMP to turn young Augustine13 down. I wouldn't have been so fussed about it ordinarily; but just then I was busy keeping my picture out of a premium catalogue, and bringing an action to keep a man14 from giving a biographical talks about me over the radio, as an introduction to an advertising talk about electric refrigerators! So you see I was pretty peppery before young Augustine came along.

My dear Carrie, I am so sorry you have gone and had shingles. They are such tormenting things. I hope you'll be able to lose them soon. Does anyone know what they come from?

Dear Carrie, it is not only an act of friendship in you to direct the work on our poor old yard, it is an act of civic virtue, as well. I have felt so sorry on the neighbors' account to have the place looking shabby. I've never even thanked you for putting my mind at rest about the Tomham15 recording16. But I treasure these kindnesses up in my heart, all the same.

Please ask Mac17 to let me know as soon as his grandchild18 comes. I hope it will be easy for dear Helen19. I did so enjoy her company this winter. I like her mind and her nature.

Goodbye now, and give my love to the dear grandchildren20, please, and my very special love to Walter.

Yours always Willie

Please use a few dollars of this check to put some flowers on mother's21 and father's22 graves on Decoration day.