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#2128: Willa Cather to Roscoe Cather, May 19 [1937]

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My dear Brother1:

I am not a good enough writer to tell you how much I appreciate your long confidential letter with its account of all you have been doing3. You put the situation to me so clearly that I feel as if I had been through your adventures with you. I am so glad, oh so glad, that you and Meta4 are to be released at last from those long, hard Wyoming5 winters which you have borne so bravely: and that now you are to spend your time in that northern part of California6, which to me is so much more beautiful than the southern part. Even though you should not make a great deal of money, it will be a grand move. What can money buy that is so worth while as beautiful country and the pleasant things of every-day life which so often go with itbeautiful country?? Your picture7 of Colusa8 seems to me just the sort of town I would like myself. I like everything about northern California, except the fact that there are a great many idle, drifting, shallow people there. Just the kind of people among whom Jim's9 wife10 cuts a simper in the South,. Bbut you and Meta will find your own kind of people, even in California.

I am so glad that you have had this wonderful visit11 with Douglass12. I love to have you two men happy together. Yes, you are quite right; he has more of Father13 in him than any of us, and he has kept so remarkably young in face and feeling. (But wasn't it funny that I was the only one who got Father's hands? And the older I grow, the more they are like his.)

I must say again, dear boy, that nothing could please me more than to know that you and Meta are going to live in a mild climate, and that you are going to be near Douglass. And when I go out to stay with the Menuhins14, I can come to seevisit you. Your town cannot be very far from Los Gatos15.

With all my love to you, Willie

I return to N.Y.16 a week from today