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#0118: Willa Cather to Harrison G. Dwight, November 21, 1906

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Dear Mr. Dwight1:

I am writing you in behalf of Mr. McClure4 who looked at your "The Valley of the Mills"5 again this morning and asked me to tell you for him that he looks forward with great interest to seeing further work from you. I hope that we can use the story we have before many months as it pleases Mr. McClure very much.

I want to answer your last letter as soon as I can get some sort of an address to send it to. I tried to get your address from Mr. Reynolds6 this morning but, in spite of the fact that I assured him I wished to write you a personal letter I could not elicit the information I desired. He had "forgotten your address for the moment" but would "remember it later and would see that my letter reached you." Though I shall not inflict you with anything which a censor could do much work upon, it isn't conducive to a confidential mood to carry on a correspondence through a third party. I'll hope, therefore, for an address which will enable me to elude Mr. Reynolds.

In the meantime I am hoping all good things for you; health and adventure and, in your work, always the thing which du Maurier7 called in Barty8 his9 "sense of the north".

Faithfully yours, Willa Sibert Cather Mr. H. G. Dwight, c/o Mr. Paul R. Reynolds, 70 Fifth Ave, N.Y.2

Why does Mr. Reynolds wish to keep your friends away from you? Is he authorized to protect you from dangerous women, perhaps?