A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather

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To Mary Ellen ChaseNovember 23, 1929Smith 

Appreciates the invitation by Chase and President Neilson to lecture, but cannot accept due to travels this winter. After Christmas will be leaving to see mother in Pasadena. Hopes to stop in Northampton on the way to see nephew at Amherst and niece at Smith, and wishes to see Chase and Miss MacGregor as well to discuss Grand Manan plans. Thanks for sending "The Golden Asse". The book will travel west with her unless she has the chance to look at it sooner. Suspects that Virginia was nervous when Chase had her to tea.   Willa Cather 

To Roscoe and Meta Cather July 13, [1933], on W.S.C. letterhead with stamp of Whale Cove, Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Canada ; UNL-Roscoe 

Is very proud of Virginia's graduating cum laude, and was pleased to be well-received by the students. The Cathers looked good that day. Had a pleasant, brief talk with Dr. and Mrs. Neilson after the President's party ended. Twenty years ago, believed her [Elisabeth Muser Neilson] to be the most dynamic part of the couple, though always liked him as well. Had the same feeling this time. She is so fascinating, but certainly too forthright and spontaneous to support a family! Got to Grand Manan a week ago with Miss Lewis, and all is beautiful. The cottage is drowning in flowers. Now Mary Virginia has arrived. Sadly, she had no other place to go. Her father provides her with nothing, and probably never will. Wishes his Virginia could be there as well, as they would have such fun together. Weather is splendid, and the entire island is full of flowers. Mary Virginia is wonderful to be with and quite helpful to have about. Is pleased with all the nieces, but wishes she could spend more time with them. Appreciates Meta's kind letter. Having to be in California these last years kept her from spending more time with Virginia when she was in college in the northeast. Wishes Virginia luck finding a job.   Willie.