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#2209: Willa Cather to Roscoe Cather, October 1 [1943]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Brother1;

A little advice, please! You will recall Willard Crowell's5 letter about the Kansas6 pasture land. He did not say anything about terms of payment. I took it for granted that his son meant to pay in cash—perhaps because I always pay in cash and always have done so. I merely told him that I preferred to be payed by a draft on a Chicago7 or New York2 Bank, and did not want the money deposited to my account on the Red Cloud8 bank. My Saving Bank pays me 1 ½ percent compound interest, while the Red Cloud bank never gives me an a statement of the money paid into my account. Each year I have to write urgent letters to get a statement.

Soon after I returned ot to New York (about September 1st, I think,) I got a deed from Howard Foe9, conveying the Kansas land to Henry Crowell10. I signed it before a notary and sent it back to Foe. I had just learned of Willard's accident11, and of course said nothing about payment in my letter. I asked Foe to have an abstract made; so that I could claim loss on my income tax report. Will Auld12 had loaned $3,000 on the land.

Now this is October 1st, and I have not yet had any word about payment for the land. If Henry Crowell finds it inconvenient to pay in cash, shouldn't I at least have a note from him? If not a formal "promise to pay" at least a letter?

I don't like to bother people in trouble—I simply don't know the proper business etiquette. As I remarked to Alfred Knopf13 a few days ago, "I'm not, and never have been, a business Woman." He shot his keen Jewish eyes at me and said; "I'd say you were a darn good one!"

With love to yourself and ladies14 Willie
FROM CATHER 570 PARK AVE3., NEW YORK CITY2 Mr. R. C. Cather,1 First Savings Bank of Colusa, Colusa,4 California. NEW YORK N.Y.2 OCT 1 1943 11-PM NEW YORK N.Y.2 OCT 1 1943 11-PM