#0322: Willa Cather to Ferris Greenslet, September 13 [1915]

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Mr. Scaife3 FG ⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Mr. Greenslet1:

I think you did a grand job on me in the booklet4, and the poster5 delights me. Thank you for the copy of the book6. I am thoroughly pleased with all the mechanical detail of it; cover, jacket, and typography. And I think the text looks interesting.

I have the most wonderful and glorious photographs of the Cliff Dweller ruins on the Mesa Verde7, the jewels of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Collection, furnished me by the general Traffic Manager, who was of great assistance to me in many ways. I also have a hundred splendid photographs of the wonderful Taos8 region and all the Rio Grande pueblos about Espanola9, near Santa Fé10. Do you still want a book on the Southwest11? I think I could do a good one now. Next summer we might induce the Santa Fé railroad to furnish some transportation, in which case I could run about to some of the more distant places in Arizona12 and finish the whole thing off, giving the story of the Santa Fé Trail along with the rest. It would be the only reasonably good book on that country ever done. Earnest Pixiotto13 was down there doing a book14 for Scribners, and he stayed one day and at the richest places and merely rode through the others in a motor. He's a charming man, but he knows nothing at all about the country. Miss Lewis15 and I met several old friends in the artist colony at Taos, among them Herbert Dunton16 and Blumenschein17. RLSPlease send the copies of "The Song of the Lark" due me to me at 1180 Murray Hill Ave.18 Pittsburgh19.

If you can send me thirty copies of the booklet and fifteen copies of the posters, I can place them to good advantage, and please send them to me at Red Cloud2.

In spite of constant climbing and horseback riding in New Mexico20 and Colorado21, I gained six pounds which are a great grief to me, while Miss Lewis lost a few that she could ill afford to spare!

With great satisfaction in your letter and its enclosure, yours W. S. C.