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#2760: Willa Cather to Charles E. Cather, January 19, 1942

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My dear Charles Edwin1:

I expect you have been wondering whether your lovely scarf got lost in the mail, and I am happy to tell you that it did not. It arrived, however, some days after Christmas. I was out of town for nearly two weeks after Christmas day and I did not open the package from my thoughtful nephew until it had lain in the house for some time. It is a lovely scarf, and you were a very nice boy to remember me.

I was amused when Helen Louise4 wrote me that she had gone to visit you by airplane during her vacation! The way you youngsters spin back and forth between Nebraska5 and California6 takes my breath away. I can’t get used to it. For so many years it was always so much easier to go from New York2 to France7 or England8, than to go from New York to California, and it was a much more confortable trip. I wonder whether during the last two weeks you have not rather wished you were on the Pacific Coast? Nebraska can be colder than any country I know except South Dakota9, and some parts of Canada10.

You notice, my boy, that I still call you Charles Edwin. I think that is a nice name and that is was the name given you at your christening, was it not? You were named for both grandfathers11, and I have sometimes wondered whether your grandfather Garber doesn’t feel hurt that his name has been rather dropped out. I am sure your grandfather Cather would have been the last person in the world to wish you to drop the “Edwin”, for he was so very careful never to hurt anybody’s feelings. When any of the rest of us said harsh things to each other (thank Heaven we didn’t often)!) your grandfather was always more pained than anybody else. Now, this is just a little point between you and me, you understand, and it isn’t a matter for discussion with any of the grownups. It is just a point you will have to decide for yourself.


When you go down to Red Cloud12 to see your grandfather, please remember me very warmly to him. I did not send out any Christmas cards because I was hurrying out of town, but I would be glad if you gave him my good wishes.

Affectionately yours, Your Aunt Willie
Charles Edwin Cather,1 1515 R Street, Lincoln,3 Nebraska. NEW YORK2 JAN 21 1942 1 PM