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#2339: Willa Cather to Virginia Cather, February 17, 1936

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My dear Virginia:1

I have been wondering how well you were braving the winter, in Minnesota3 and just now comes a letter from your father4 telling me that it is just as cold as the newspapers tell us. I expect you are enjoying it, too. I think a new job is a lot more interesting when it entails a few chancy adventures along with your work. I hope your Christmas check was big enough to get your ski trousers. I hoped that this year I could be a little more generous with all my nieces, but just before Christmas your poor Uncle Jack5 was in such straits that I had to send him a big check6, and that made the others smaller7.

Do you know, you are in just the part of the country where I have always most wanted to be? I used to want to be in that northern lake country even more than to be in New Mexico8. Please write and tell me what you hope to do in your summer vacation.

Virginia Auld9 and Dick10 seem to be having a very happy first year of matrimony. They certainly don't see enough of each other to get bored! They both dined here11 just a week ago, and we had a lovely time. They are terribly poor, of course, but they don't seem to mind, and Dick has always helped his mother12 cook, so he is a very useful companion for the housekeeper.

I wish I could go with you on one of your motor rides into the forty below. We13 have had four weeks of snow and stormy weather, and today will be the first day when I have not walked for at least an hour in the Park. The Park has been almost deserted through the cold weather, and I have had it pretty much to myself. Last winter in the Park blizzards, I had Yehudi14 and his two sisters15 for my companions. They will be here again March 19th, but then winter will be gone. Virginia Auld works so hard that I never get to see her by daylight any more.

Lots of love to you my dear, and I only wish I had time to write you oftener – I am always about a hundred letters behind in the correspondence that is absolutely necessary.


I know you are happy to help your father by looking after yourself, and I feel proud that you made your decision yourself and stuck to it. Your daddy is so pleased with you that he has to write me to relieve his feelings. He loves the twins16 dearly, but in his heart of hearts you always come first. I have always known that.

With much love to you, my dear, Willa Cather
Miss Virginia Cather1 1755 North Cambridge St. (apt. 109) Milwaukee Wisconsin NEW YORK, N.Y. STA Y2 FEB 18 1936 1 – PM