Some of these features are only visible when "plain text" is off.
|passage deleted with a strikethrough mark
|passage deleted by overwritten added letters
|passage added above the line
|passage with added text above
|passage added on the line
|passage with added text inline
|passage added in the margin
|passage with text added in margin
|handwritten addition to a typewritten letter
|typed passage with added handwritten text
|missing or unreadable text
|missing text noted with "[illegible]"
|notes written by someone other than Willa Cather
|Note in another's hand
|printed letterhead text
|text printed on postcards, envelopes, etc.
|text of date and place stamps
|passage written by Cather on separate enclosure.
Yesterday I made the interminable journey out to Homestead4 to see—whom do you think? No less a person
than Mary Esther Robbins5 who is
catalogueing books at the library6. To go to
to make a call is about like going to Crete7, and it's Hades8 when you get there, all smoke9 and flames. Miss Robbins, however, is worth
even a short trip to Hades. She inquired for you and your mother10 with real affection, and asked
me to tell you of her engagement. The Gentleman is a Mr. or rather a Herr
Neumann11, a professor of science, has
been a soldier in the German Army, is tall and strong and handsome. She laid particular stress on the
latter engaging quality. I fancy she rather glories in his good looks as if
they were her personal property. She is much plumper than when we knew her,
and has had her face treated with good results. She seems very happy. It is
worth going even to Homestead to see a happy person.
Ona Imhoff12 is in town, at the Carnegie Library13, but I have'nt seen her yet. How funny that she should be landed right among my dear Willards14 and Andersons15. She could'nt have found nicer people.
Now it occurs to me that the Spring vacation is nigh at hand and that there is no reason in the world why you should'nt come on and put in a week with me and see Miss Robbins and the town. Do you fall in with the scheme? Do make an effort to come, Mariel.
I spent a week over in New York16 in February and had a glorious time. By strange fatality I missed all the Lincoln3 people. I think I met every Thesbian in New York, but my soul did'nt seem to yearn toward them much. I had luncheon17 with Madame Modjeska18, which was truly delightful. It has not often been my pleasure to meet so thorough a gentlewoman and so sound a scholar.Hastily Willa Miss Mariel C. Gere1 D & 9th Streets Lincoln3 Nebraska PITTSBURGH, PENN2 MAR 8 98 130 PM Mar 8 1898Tells us about Miss RobinsSpeaks of Modjeska LN REC2 MAR 10 98 2 AM