#2649: Willa Cather to Alfred A. Knopf, June 30 [1932]

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B ⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ K 7/6 My Dear Alfred1;

I hate to bother you now when you have many cares3, but what shall I do about the enclosed letter? You can see how Miss Bloom4 held her at bay, but I’ll have to reply to her in the end.

I don’t want, in these hard times, to offend a large and chesty organization like the Chicago Women’s Club5. On the other hand, I certainly don’t want to go out there and be be-medalled by a lot of illiterate dames like the writer of this letter. Can you suggest any escape? Or do you think I should go and take my medicine?

You are kind enough to ask if I need anything. I would like one small book, if Miss Rubin6 can get it for me. It is called, I think, “American Wild Flowers”7, and is by a Mr. Matthews8 who also wrote an excellent book9 on American trees. I do not remember his first name, nor am I sure about the title of the book.! My own copy is in storage10. I think it was published by Scribners11, but I’m vague even about that. Perhaps from these several uncertainties a clever detective can find the book.

Your telegram to me I shall keep. We neither of are inclined to overstate our feelings, but when you do speak I know you mean it, and it means a great deal to me.

Give my love to Blanche12, please, and tell her I am going to write to write her soon.

Faithfully Willa Cather