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#2437: Willa Cather to Elsie Cather, Charles Douglas Cather, and Roscoe Cather, October 5 [1931]

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Dear Elsie3, Douglass4, and Roscoe5;

Edith6 has been suddenly called back to her office to take on important work, though business is so slow, so we are leaving here2 i on the 10th and will go straight through to New York7, without our usual stop at Jaffrey8. In a way this suits me for I have a great deal of business to attend to in town, and I want to begin to make preparations to start for Red Cloud9 the last week in November.

Elsie3, I have written Jess10 as you asked me, and I wish you would send me Lizzie Huffman's11 address. Do you think it possible that she might be willing to come to Red Cloud and keep house12 for us for six weeks? I would pay her very well, and she could keep the children13 with Mrs. Wolf14 or her sisters15. Times are hard, and she might like to make something. Would $15 a week and her 4 travelling expenses be enough to offer her? I will gladly pay more if you think that would tempt her. Otherwise I will have to stop in Omaha16 and get a Bohemian, unless you happen to know of some good housekeeper in Lincoln17 who would come.

I am rushing off this note so that you will all know where I am, at the Grosvenor18, 35 Fifth Avenue, N.Y.

My love to you all, and please write me there.