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#0057: Willa Cather to Mariel C. Gere, August 2, 1899

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My Dearest Mariel1;

I think you are about the luckiest girl4 I know and only the awful vows of secrecy to which Dorothy5 swore me, prevented me from writing you so at once. I am so glad about it all, my dear, it's like a dream come true. I am journeying home slowly by the Great Lake route, about a thousand miles by water and a day at Mackinac2. I will be in Lincoln3 with mother6 next Sunday at 139 N 12th street, wherever that is. Mother has been ill there a long time you know, and while I am not exactly alarmed about her, I am very much worried. So I don't see how I can get a visit in with you, much as I'd love to. Every minute in Lincoln must be with mother. But at any rate I'll get to see you before you start East, and that's something. Until Sunday

Faithfully Willa
Miss Mariel C. Gere1 D & Ninth Streets Lincoln3 Nebraska MACKINAC ISLAND MICH.2 AUG 3 1899 8 PM Aug 1899About my going to Europe with the CanfieldsOn her way to be with her sick mother in Lincoln N. NEBR. REC'D.3 AUG 5 99 11 AM NORTHERN STEAMSHIP CO.