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#0117: Willa Cather to Harrison G. Dwight, [November 2, 1906]

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McClure's Magazine3,
44-60 East Twenty-Third Street,
New York.2
Dear Mr. Dwight1;

The purpose of this note is threefold; 1st to tell you how bitterly I envy your strength of mind in breaking away; 2nd to wish you all the luck in the world, and third to repudiate a suggestion of your suspicious nature to the effect that I wished to see your yarns as a "puller-in" for the McClure4 shop. How very dull of you to misunderstand me so. Do I seem like Bynner5? It is just in my very humble role of an occasional fellow worker at a very thankless and stubborn craft, that I asked you to let me see what you do. Unless you are of a haughty spirit you ought not to object, especially when I promise to let them the manuscripts take their natural course after I have explored them.

Well, I wish you a successful crusade, and I hope with all my heart that you'll bring back all manner of spices and silks and perfumes, a whole caravan [illegible] load, and that I may come to see you standing in the marketplace and spreading your spoils about you in gorgeousness. I do very much want to see you do it.

Good hunting to you, and all the happiness of good work.

Faithfully Willa Sibert Cather