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#2136: Willa Cather to Roscoe Cather, October 24, 1938

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My dear Brother1:

I at last had time to stop at the bank long enough to deposit the check for $1,000 you so kindly sent me. I didn't have time to go down and make the proper credit on your note, which is in my safety deposit box. I am therefore enclosing a receipt which I wish you to hold until I can get down to the bank again. My tardiness in acknowledging and depositing the check must seem to you very ungrateful, but this house3 has been full of paperers and painters for the last week and I was forced to take refuge in the Hotel Lowell5, only a few doors from this apartment house, where Douglass6 stayed during his brief stay in New York2. Isabelle's7 death8 has made the days drag pretty heavily for me. I have expected it9 for three years, but the shock was none the less easy when it came. The cable telling me of her death reached me just four months after Douglass' death10. My fright about your post-operation11 [illegible] hemorrhage (fool secretary) clouded the shock of Isabelle's death for a few days, but now that has come back in its full force. I scarcely know where I myself begin or end, in a world without Isabelle. in it.

Please keep the enclosed slip; my mental operations are a little shaky these days.

Lovingly Willie

Please send Margaret's12 address again. Meta's13 letter lost in the shower of letters and cables following Isabelle's death.

From – W. S. Cather 570 Park Ave.3 New York City2 Mr. R. C. Cather,1 First Savings Bank of Colusa, Colusa,4 California. NEW YORK, N. Y. STA. Y2 OCT 25 1938 2—PM Personal