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#1898: Willa Cather to Charles F. Cather, [December 12, 1906]

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My Dearest Father1;

I had a comforting letter about you from Elsie5 today. Please ask her to write every day if only a line, as I get nervous and anxious6 when a letter does not come. I am working so hard now that a little anxiety uses me up badly.

I certainly hope I shall never get into a job as hard and perplexing as this Christian Science7. So many people8 have worked at it and got the documents all mixed up that it drives me to distraction sometimes. Mr. McClure9 has given me for my assistant the ablest man on the staff, Mr. Burton J. Hendrick10, who did our Insurance articles11. He helps me see people and answer the mail—which alone is an enormous task. The Christian Scientists are spending thousands of dollars to confuse us and throw us off the scent at every turn, and every statement in our articles will of course be subjected to the most bitter crt criticism. I feel as if I were sitting on a volcano all the time. Fortunately I keep well. I am tired and have not very steady nerves just now, but if I continue to bear good news from you that will help me a great deal. I hope that you will have your operation12 done in Chicago13, and perhaps when I go14 to Red Cloud3 you will be able to come that far east with me and I can be with you at the hospital there. You are never out of my thoughts a moment, father, and my love and sympathy are with you all. I pray that you are stronger by now.

Lovingly Willie
Mr. Charles F. Cather1 Red Cloud3 Nebraska MADISON.SQ.STA-NY2 DEC 17 1906 630PM [missing], NEB. REC'D3 20 DEC 1906[?] 730 AM