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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 alwaysvery faithfully yours Willa Sibert Cather