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#2062: Willa Cather to Roscoe Cather, June 10 [1908]

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VILLA DORIA PAMPHILI (ROMA) F.&C.218. My Dear Roscoe1:

This is the dome of St. Peter’s3 from where I first saw it—one of the wonderful Roman gardens. It looms up from the east wherever one turns, and after you stay about the church and the Vatican4 and the catacombs for a time it is borne in upon one that there is where the modern world was born. From the day Charlemagne5 was crowned there and before, the Vatican was fashioning modern Europe. Next in wonder to the Rome2 of the Empire is the Catholic Rome of the middle ages.

Mr. Roscoe Cather Lander6 Wyoming Stati Uniti ROMA2 11 6 0823