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How good you were to write me that long letter, telling me all about the family and your work. My dear boy I am glad you went through with the bank merger4. In these times5 the less individual responsibility one has to swing, the better.
I'm sending you an extract from a
radio broadcast6 you probably did not hear. Of course I knew
nothing about it until the next morning, when telegrams from San Francisco7, Salt Lake8, Boston9
Denver10, and a dozen other places
began to shower in upon me. Six long night-letters from San Francisco. It's
a little alarming. I've always doubted whether a really good writer could be popular, during his
life-time, at least. Most of these telegrams
came by way of the Knopf office, and they were as much astonished as I—the
pe people, I mean.
I'm sending you a letter from Elsie11 that warms my heart. I think it was very plucky of her to go out to Bess12 for Christmas. Mary Virginia13 and I have enjoyed the letter, and now I send it on to you.With my love to you and Meta14 and "West Virginia"15 (tell her I wrote the letter she asked me to16 in my best epistolary style, and had it beautifully typed.) Willie. Mr. R. C. Cather1 1225 South Center St Casper3 Wyoming NEW YORK N. Y.2 JAN 12 1934 12-PM