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#2204: Willa Cather to Roscoe Cather and Meta Schaper Cather, [March 23, 1943]

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·W·S·C· Dear Meta5 and Roscoe3;

I've seen him6, all right! Though though his dear little hasn't. He is now almost 24 hours old. I don't know why the nurse had pity on me, but she waylaid me after I had spent nearly and hour with Margaret7, took me down the hall, and brought him to the closed door of his little glass house. He was not red, just rosy, wide awake, and he gave me the once-over, all deliberately. He's an individual, just as I am an individual—a trifle less experienced. I don't know his name. You see I didn't meet him until I left Margaret; then he was not an individual, and I didn't feel interested in his name. The mere abstract idea of grand-nieces and nephews does not violently appeal to one who dislikes getting old.

Margaret looked just like herself, and I loved being with her once again, I think she'd like to see her baby. I shall patent a crib enclosed in glass, so that babies can be wheeled in for their mothers to look at them, even if the intimacy goes no further.

Love and Congratulations to you both. Willie
Mr. R. C. Cather3, First Savings Bank of Colusa, Colusa,4 California. NEW YORK N.Y.2 MAR 23 430 PM