#2031: Willa Cather to Samuel Avery, June 3, 1917

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NUMBER FIVE BANK STREET3 Dear Chancellor Avery1:

There are few things that would please me so much as a degree4 from the University of Nebraska5, and I hope that through you I may express my thanks and appreciation to the University Senate.

I should be very happy and very proud to go to Lincoln6 for the Commencement Day exercises7, but it is impossible for me to leave New York2 until the first of July. Had I known of this pleasant possibility a month or three weeks ago, I could have arranged to get away, but now the nature of my engagements here will not permit my leaving8 the city, even for a few days. Therefore I must tell you, with extreme regret, that I cannot be present at the Commencement Exercises on June 13th.

With deepest appreciation of the honor which the university does me in extending this invitation, I am always

very faithfully yours Willa Sibert Cather