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#2956: Willa Cather to Sidney Florance, April 22, 1942

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Dear Mr. Florance1:

Walter Sherwood3 used to send me once a year (usually in the month of February) a statement of what funds I had to my credit in the Peoples-Webster County Bank and what my indebtedness was for service, box rent, etc. I wonder if you could send me such a statement some time during the next four weeks?

Now that Mr. Crowell4 has been able to sell for a little real money one of the farms on which I had a mortgage, I am enclosing a check for $300 for which I hope the bank will send me a draft. It has been 'pay out' and no 'pay in' for so long on those Western farms, that I would particularly enjoy using that money to have some closed bookcases built after my own design. Since New York2 has gone over so largely to soft coal, the open bookcases which a carpenter made years ago are causing the ruin of many valuable, and now irreplaceable, books. Nearly all of the oldest publishing houses and printing establishments in England5 have been completely annihilated. My own publisher, Cassell,6 wrote me last spring asking me whether I had any account of the royalties they have sent me during the last eight years. All their ledgers and records of payments to their authors were destroyed by fire when the London7 offices were bombed., and they are trying to make a new

With heartiest greetings to Trix8 and yourself, Willa Cather

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