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#2144: Willa Cather to Roscoe Cather, March 21, 1939

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My dear Roscoe1:

This afternoon while I was having my tea, the maid brought in your nice letter, written from Del Monte4, and put it on my tray. Since your letter was so much about food, good and bad, it was a pleasant accompaniment to my four o'clock tea. I never thanked you for your thorough and patient study of the Union Trust Company papers I sent you. I gather you agree with my lawyer, that the amount is so split up that the best I can do is to meekly accept the small income they send me. The Savings Bank blotters please me very much. They remind me of pictures by some of Howard Pyle's5 students6 – especially the March one. I have been having influenza off and on for the last six weeks. The last three weeks have been the worst. I had to stay in bed and keep out of the running altogether. In fact, we had rain here almost every day of those three weeks. Now that the weather is cleared, I am up and dressed and hoping for better times.

Lovingly Willie
Mr. R. C. Cather,1 First Savings Bank of Colusa, Colusa,3 California. NEW YORK, N. Y. STA Y2 MAR 23 1939 1 – PM