#0042: Willa Cather to Will Owen Jones, [September 7, 1897]

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My Dear Mr. Jones1;

The Pittsburgh Leader3 wired me this morning to come at once to fill a position4 at $75.00 a month. I must get there next week5. Please send me transportation to Lincoln6 at once so that I can tarry there a few days7 before going east, and get me fixed for Chicago8 as soon as you can.

I almost hate to go just now. Have been writing stories9 and getting on at it better than I have ever been able to do before. But I don't dare let this chance slip. Somehow though I can do better work in stories down here than anywhere. I do the society act too much in Pittsburgh10. They don't often "take a stranger in" down there and I am as vain as all the rest of my sex and can't do the hermit act one bit. But dear me there is next summer and a lot of summers ahead, and in Pittsburgh there will be Calve11 and Bernhardt12 and all the rest of "the great, so I guess I'll go. Then I think it was awfully white of The Leader to send for me when Pittsburgh is full of unemployed reporters.

Yours Faithfully Willa Cather.