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#1923: Willa Cather to Elsie Cather, July 14, 1935

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My dear Elsie1:

You don't tell me any of the places where you are going to stop on your trip, so I am sending this to your landlady, hoping that she will know where to forward it.

Yes, by all means, take those tablets3 every day, four times a day - stupid of me not to tell you "every day".

You have brought joy to my heart by telling me that Will Andrews4 is to take care of your place5 this summer and to live in the house there. If it is $10 a week you are paying him, you may be sure I will not forget to bear my part of the expense6 when I get home. Edith7 and I are sailing rather suddenly next week for France8. I haven't even made out our itinerary yet, but I have to be in Venice9 about the first of September to arrange some disagreements between Italian publishers and the translators10 of DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP11 and SHADOWS ON THE ROCK12. As a purely business proposition it would not be worth travelling as far as San Francisco13 for, but there are some very distinguished and scholarly gentlemen who are concerned with and about this edition, among them Father Giordano14, the head of the Vatican Library.

I hope you will have a wonderful summer, my dear, and thank you with all my heart for telling me such cheerful news about the house and yard in Red Cloud15. When I think that the old place may be getting shabby and miserable, I just sit down and cry. I think of the old Miner16 house17! I really wish you were as fond of your ⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩house as you seemed to be at first. I can tell you, I would never let any Aulds18 spoil it for me.! Irene19 says that she believes I am going to Red Cloud by way of Italy20.

With much love to you, dear sister, Willie