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#2110: Willa Cather to Roscoe Cather, July 2 [1934]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My Dear Roscoe1;

So nice a letter as yours deserved a speedy answer. I never thought of not paying the cost of that trip, my dear boy; I was asking enough of you in asking you to give the matter your attention. But since you want to do all that for me as a gift, I will 2take it in the high spirit in which you offer it. I don't know when a letter has pleased me so much as yours—it sounded a lot like your father4. I think he left to all of his sons sons5 some of his fine courtesy. Even poor Jim has some of it. It makes you all just a little more chivalrous than the men around you. I am sure Virginia6 and the twins7 feel it.

3The heat is very bad here2, and I won't get away before the middle of July. I stayed on in the heat to finish the interrupted book8, and did it. More than that, I sold the serial rights for a good price9. It will come out in the Woman's Home Companion10 from April 1935 to Sept 193511193 This, of course, delays the book publication—it will be out Sept 1st, 1935.12

Scribners'13 wanted to serialize it, but their bid was only about half that of the Crowell14 people. They never pay much, as they have a very small circulation. There is nothing in serial publication now-a-days but money, so get all you can. Once there was "class" about appearing in good magazines, but now there are no good ones, so why bother?

Lovingly to you all Willie
Mr. R. C. Cather1 1225 South Center St. Casper3 Wyoming NEW YORK N. Y. STA.Y2 JUL 2 11PM Air Mail