#0470: Willa Cather to Ferris Greenslet, July 28 [1919]

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FG Dear Mr. Greenslet1;

Can you arrange to motor out to the Shattuck Inn3, Jaffrey4, between August 17th and 31st? I arrive there the first day of August, but will have several guests from New York5 the first part of the month.

The tent6 which I used to rent there is worn out. I want another to pitch in Professor James Robinson's7 meadow, and I don't want to go into Boston8 to buy one. Would you be kind enough to go to the U. S. Tent and Awning Company, or some other company that sells cheap hunting tents, and ask them to mail their catalogue to me at once at the Shattuck Inn? I want hope to find the catalogue awaiting me when I get there, if possible, as it will take several days to get the tent delivered after I order it. I have been packing Claude9 for transit today, and I find there are a hundred thousand words of him10,- about one half, or perhaps two-thirds, of the first writing. I want to push it ahead before I go West, as I am writing Smith11 I will give him some stories next winter,- better ones, I hope, than the very sloppy one12 in the current Century13. I don't like to write short stories, but I need the money.

I enclose a letter from Mrs. Norris14, which I will ask you to send back to me at the Shattuck Inn. It's a fine, generous bouquet for an inordinately popular author to writ hand a monotonously unpopular one. I should think it might pay to send her a copy of "Antonia"15M Such people are good advertisers.

Please don't forget the tent catalogue!

Faithfully Willa Cather ⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩