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#2065: Willa Cather to Roscoe Cather, February 13, 1910

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My Dear Boy1;

What a wild winter you have had. Mine has been wild, too, but weather has had little to do with it. Mr. McClure4 has been abroad all winter and I have been in a seething whirlpool of work. Before Christmas I had a dismal bronchitis and was in bed for two weeks and Isabelle5 came on and took care of me. I was pretty sick for two months, but I had to dictate dozens of letters and read manuscripts and see people in bed. You see a magazine is like a sick baby—you've always got to be stuffing something into its blessed insides or it dies. The stuff I got in England6 last sumer summer—the Russian stuff7 and the Paoli articles8 helped me out. I am about again now and much better, but I still have to lie down every day and drink lots of milk and behave like a baby generally. However, its been a very successful winter. From Sept. 1908 to Sept 1909, the first year that I have had charge9 of the magazine10, we made sixty thousand dollars more than the year before. I say "we"; I don't get any of the money, but I get a good deal of credit.

Watch for the March number, I've taken such pains with it, and read "A Joint in the Harness"11. I got that in England. You know, my boy, if you would tell me what stories you like (and don't like) it would be help me a lot. I am so thankful when people do tell me. You see when they know you are responsible they are shy about telling you. Of course I don't like everything that goes into the magazine, by a long shot.

I have just been writing to Mrs. Goudy12, who is very ill in a sanatorium, and to poor old Mrs. Fulton13. She is quite blind, you know, and now she has broken her hip.

You were a nice boy to send me silk stockings at Christmas time. I love silk stockings and I was especially pleased with these, for I McCLURE'S MAGAZINE,
spent Christmas in bed and my presents meant a lot to me.

Have you ever seen Mary Virginia14 since she could talk? She is the dearest baby. I sent her a lot of jolly things at Christmas time.

I got a nice long letter from Aunt Franc15 this week. I had such a good visit with her this summer, and with Bess16 and Auntie17, too. I surely love the "Far Country". I get there so seldom that it seems about the farest and most restful country in the world.

I shall have to go to England in May if I am well enough. I wish you could run away with me on one of these long trips. What wouldn't I give for a long talk with you! If I could, I'd start for Lander3 tomorrow. But to do a job one has to stay on it, I suppose, and this is a harder job to boss than Sandy Point18. Poor little Jim Yeiser19, where is he now, I wonder? I'm afraid he's fallen on hard lines. Goodnight, my boy. I could write to you better if I could see you once again. This long stretch of time and distance takes the starch out of one. I think you'd be interested in a lot of the people and things I have to do with, but its hard to write about them. Some day I shall get desperate and take a west-bound train and let the office do the best it can.

Lovingly Willie
Mr. Roscoe Cather1 Lander3 Wyoming MADISON SQ. STA. N.Y.2 Feb 13 1910 10 AM MCCLURE'S MAGAZINE 44-60 EAST TWENTY-THIRD STREET NEW YORK2 LANDER REC'D3 Feb 18 1910 3 AM