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#2238: Willa Cather to Roscoe Cather, September 5, 1945

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My dear Roscoe1,

I am sending you a letter from young ? Joe Pavlickh5, [illegible] who has bought the Osborn6 farm. I do not think I ever got a fan letter that pleased me so much as this funny honest scrawl from the son of old Joe Pavlickh7. You will remember him and his father well. You will also remember the time when old Joe and his son bought their first buggy, and young Joe drove over to our house8 to take me buggy riding. I had seen a good deal of him in Father's9 office and always tried to be friendly toward the poor clumsy lad. But, you know, in Red Cloud10, in those days, taking a young girl buggy riding was a very definite gesture. On this occasion I ran up and hid in the attic and left poor Mother11 to deal with Joe. She always had great tact and presence in handling the common people so I expect she gave a pretty good alibi. You must send me back Joe's letter as I want to keep it for the nice things he says about Father. I am sure he means that with all his hardworking, honest nature.

I won't have any very definite address for a couple weeks -- it depends on weather and various things -- but I will bein New York12 before the first of October and I will telegraph you as soon as I get there. So keep Joe's funny letter and sent it to me when you know I am again at 570 Park Avenue13.

Lovingly Willie
From W. S. Cather ASTICOU INN NORTHEAST HARBOR2 MAINE Mr. R. C. Cather1 Colusa3 California [illegible]