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#1826: Willa Cather to Sidney Florance, February 28, 1947

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Sidney Florance1:

On September 30, 1946, the Bank sent me an acknowledgment of two hundred dollars which I had sent for the Red Cloud Hospital Fund - that small sum was merely a good will gesture. Early in October Mrs, Sherwood4 wrote me a clear and convincing letter regarding the need and usefulness of such a hospital in Red Cloud3. Until them I had completely misunderstood the situation. I had always believed that there was plenty of room in the Mary Lanning Hospital at Hastings5. Mrs. Sherwood's letter did not reach me until January 22nd - the delay was the result of a housekeeping accident.

I am so sorry that I happened to mention your name and the Peoples-Webster County Bank when I was struggling with a disagreeable member of the Stern & Reubens law firm over my income tax. The old head6 of that firm is an expert man in the matter of foreign and American copyright law, and so long as he himself attended to my income tax business everything went smoothly. When, during an illness, he turned over the income tax work to Alexander Scheer7, things did not go well. Mr. Scheer and I are natural antagonists - just one of those things one can't control. I shall not have him make out my tax for the coming year.

Always cordially yours, Willa Cather

P.S. I shall be writing Trix8 very soon about pleasanter and more personal matters. Just now the correspondence with foreign publishers is rather terrifying, because so many translations are now being made by European publishing houses that were entirely inactive during the long war.

Mr. S. R. Florance1 Peoples-Webster County Bank Red Cloud3 Nebraska NEW YORK, N. Y.2 FEB 26 1947 12-M