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#2221: Willa Cather to Roscoe Cather, June 30 [1944]

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Dear Roscoe1;

I do want you to read both these articles5. They are very truthful and exactly like Mr. McClure6! After all he was the best friend I ever had, and I've neglected him shamefully for ten years. He has no home, but lives quietly at the Union Leage Club7. The week before I left town8 I spent such a happy afternoon with him there. He is 86 years and has grown so gentle. Courteous and kind he he always was. He is no longer a whirlwind, but a summer breeze. He took me into the Library of his Club, sat down beside me and held my hand and began: 2 "Miss Cather, do you happen to remember the economic reforms of Edward the First9 when he got home from Palestine10?"

Just like him! he always expected me to "remember" whatever was in his mind.

Ten years ago we nearly quarreled quarrelled when he came to dinner. He was just back from Italy11 and insisted that Moussolini12 had developed "a perfect government."13 He now generously recalled that I had called it a "perfect abscess" and said "Why, Mr. McClure, you couldn't run an office that way, much a government!" Nice of him, wasn't it? I mean to see him from time to time this winter. I have had to cut out so many people since I have not been well, but I ought not to cut out the man who gave me my first chance.

From W. S. Cather ASTICOU INN3 NORTHEAST HARBOR2 MAINE Mr. R. C. Cather1 Colusa4 California NORTHEAST HARBOR MAINE2 JUL 2 1944 4 PM