#0023: Willa Cather to Charles Gere, March 14, 1896

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Dear Mr. Gere1;

I inclose a letter from Professor Adams3 which will explain its self. I have just seen regent C. W. Kaley4 and he tells me that the whole thing business of appointing the new Instructor5 rests with Mr. Morrill6, himself and the Chancellor7. I think if I could get the appointment for the remaining two months of the year that I could hold it next year. I have been in all of Bate's8 class classes and he writes that he will recommend me to any extent I desire. If you could see the Chancellor and Mr. Morrill for me I think my chances would be good. Of course the two principal things against me are my age and sex,9 but I think I could over come both of those. On the other hand the university is hard pressed for funds and I would go in as an Instructor and they would pay me five hundred dollars less than the man they intended getting who would have been Adjunct Professor. Mr. Bates says that whatever is done must be done at once, and untill I can get up to Lincoln10 I must trust to my friends. If you could see Mr. Morrill and the Chancellor it would be a great help. Please ask Mr. Jones11 to send me some transportation12 as soon as possible so that I can go up to see to it. I telegraphed him please to send it this afternoon, but he may not understand.

Of course you know how much the appointment would mean to me if I could only get it. I have had some experience in coaching students in English and I am sure I could teach it.

Faithfully yours Willa Cather.