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#3164: Willa Cather to Willard Crowell, March 2, 1940

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My dear Mr. Crowell1:

Your letter written in reply to Roscoe3's request will help me a great deal in making out my income tax declaration, and I am grateful to you for getting the information to me so promptly.

I agree with you that we had better sell the Colorado4 land if we can get a reasonable offer for it.

I am very sorry to hear that the spring on the pasture land in Smith County5 hads dried up. I only hope the timber that grew along the stream will not die from lack of moisture. I suppose that one good rainy season would bring the spring back to its own again.

I am under no delusion about the Guy Henderson6 place. Why Mr. Auld7, or any other banker, should have loaned about $8,000 to Guy Henderson on that property is beyond my comprehension. But since he had made such a loan, he (Mr. Auld) made good his loss by taking $8,000 which I had sent him, to invest for me, and turning the Henderson mortgage over to me in exchange. I did not even know I held a mortgage on the Henderson place until I went to Red Cloud8 some eight years ago. I had always thought that farm was the worst looking piece of farm land between Red Cloud and Hastings9.

Now, Mr. Crowell, you have been to a lot of trouble for me, and I must insist that you let me acknowledge my debt by sending you a check. As for the old chicken house on the Henderson place, you would have been welcome to that at any time. -2-If there is anything left there that would be useful to you, I beg you to take it. The check I am sending you is certainly not very large, but if times improve and we get a little more out of the land, my checks to you, as my confidential agent, will certainly improve.

Very sincerely yours, Willa Cather