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#1879: Willa Cather to Charles F. Cather, [April 17, 1913]

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My Dear Father1:

Much work and many kinds of work have kept me from writing to thank you for the interest check4. I am glad the loan to Mr. MacArthur5 went through satisfactorily, and I hope you will be able to place the other $700. If you can not place it before July 1st, perhaps you had better send it back to me, as the savings bank will pay me 4 percent on it.

I am still working at Mr. McClure's6 auto Autobiography7. Expect to finish it about the first of August. It will be published in McClure's8 in the fall and winter9. You will find it very interesting. My new novel10 is now being put into type. I begin correcting the proofs tomorrow. The publishers11 are counting on a good sale, and I hope they will not be disappointed. The book will be on the market Sept 1st12.

Howard Gore13 lately wrote me to ask if I hadd any influence with Bryan14 (!) to get him an appointment as minister to Holland15. Such a clever fellow, but such a bootlicker. I enclose a note I got from Alex. Pendleton16 awhile ago. It sounds as if he were getting old, doesn't it? I want so much to get down to Winchester17 for a week this spring, but am afraid I cannot manage it.

Please remember me to Uncle Billy Parks18 some day, father. I had such a pleasant talk with him last summer and he told me such good stories about early times.

I hope you and mother19 are well and happy, and I keep thinking about the fine drives you and I had those few days20 when I stopped in Red Cloud21 on my way to Arizona22 last spring.

Lovingly Willie