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#2957: Willa Cather to Sidney Florance, May 28, 1942

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My dear Mr. Florance1:

I want to thank you for the statement3 of my bank balance and the cancelled checks. Everything is perfectly satisfactory, and I feel deeply obliged to you and Mr. Crowell4 and Mr. Foe5 for the trouble you have all taken in my behalf. I had hoped to go out to Red Cloud6 this spring to thank you all in person and to enjoy a visit with my old friends there, but the end of the winter was rather unlucky for me. A violent and stubborn case of influenza kept me in the house for a long time and in the hospital for part of the time. From the 13th of March until the 3rd of April my brother Roscoe's7 alarming illness kept me in constant fear and anxiety. He had pneumonia, was unconscious for fourteen days, kept in an oxygen tent nearly all the time, and lived only by blood transfusions. The doctors told his wife8 and brothers9 that they thought he could not possibly recover. On the first of April his wife telephoned me that there was sudden turn for the better and he had flashes of consciousness. From then on he gained rapidly and has almost completely recovered. He goes to the bank every day and has gained twenty pounds since he left the hospital. Moreover, he is not at all weakened in spirit, but is enjoying life every day that he lives.

I am so glad to hear about the happy visit you and Trix10 had with Vicky11 and the new baby12. I know how Trix must have enjoyed the concerts she heard in Minneapolis13.

I follow the weather pretty closely in the Commercial Advertiser14 and I think that, from a distance, I enjoy the continued rainfall almost as much as if I were in Webster County. The feeling that that long thirsty and thwarted country is filling up with moisture and growing green again, gives me a sense of peace and contentment.

Faithfully yours, Willa Cather
Mr. Sidney Florance1 Peoples Webster County Bank Red Cloud, Nebraska6 NEW YORK,N.Y. STA Y2 MAY 28 1942 12 PM