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#2072: Willa Cather to Roscoe Cather, July 14 [1914]

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Dear Roscoe1

I had a thrilling and delightful time in Maine4, then stopped in Chicago5 a few days to attend to some work, and came on home6. I will get out to see you sometime this summer, but I can't tell just when. Things here are in a rather confused maze. I'm afraid James7 has got father8 in for a good deal. Houses and barns are going up, wells and windmills being dug and reared, horses and wagons being bought,—and nobody has any heart for farming! James, to be sure, wants to be thus established, but he seems to do no work except to give Jack9 orders. I feel sorry for a chap who is not strong, but James is surely on the grab, and he does not care how much trouble he makes for other people. All the worry and fret and farm-provisioning and dirty, tired of 189310 are being repeated on a costlier scale, and mother11 and father are 20 years older. Father looks sick and tortured with worry all the time because he has to spend so much money, and he seems unable to say "no". Jim has the key of the situation; he simply worries father down. You know father would do anything——foge forge a check——if you nagged him enough. Douglass12 is here and is doing all the work on Jim's property, and he keeps things from getting altogether away from father. For years father has lived so pleasantly here, and now its 1893 over again. I'll write you again when I learn the run of things better. It's not quite clear now just which things are Jim's, and which he thinks are his.

Yours Willa
Mr. Roscoe Cather1 Lander3 Wyoming RED CLOUD NEBR.2 14 JUL 1914 730P After 10 days, return to