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#2960: Willa Cather to Sidney Florance, May 31, 1945

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Dear Sidney Florance1:

Your kind letter to me is like a friendly hand stretched out to guide one through a cold fog. If I can once get the farms,3 (and the income tax problems which arise from the farms,), off my mind, then I can give my undivided attention to the work which is my real source of income. and happiness. There everything is clear sailing; I write only what it gives me pleasure to write, and both my publishers,4 here and in England5, twice a year hand in statements of royalties paid to me. These statements I simply hand over to the lawyers6 who make out my income tax, and there is no query or comeback. After what you say about Mr. Frame7, I will now feel perfectly confident to depend on him as a salesman, and I have always wanted to put all the legal questions of such transactions into the hands of Howard Foe8.

My brother Roscoe9, who has long urged me to cut out the real estate worriment, has written to Mr. Crowell10 to explain to him my position. One reason I have hesitated so long to make this final decision was that I really hated to lose touch with Mr. Crowell himself. He has been so kind to my sister Jessica11 and myself. In many ways Mr. Crowell is a good deal like my father12., Aand I always felt that in having his advice in these things to do with farms, I would have my father's approval. Father always believed that land was the "safest" thing in the world. He had an almost religious veneration for it.

With deep gratitude and appreciation of your kindness,Willa Cather
Mr. S. R. Florance1 Red Cloud13 Nebraska NEW YORK N.Y. STA.Y2 MAY 29 1945 10 PM PERSONAL