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#0124: Willa Cather to Ida Tarbell, [January 4 or 11, 1907]

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Dear Miss Tarbell1;

Being house-bound with a cold I have been compelled to take a short vacation from Xtian science4. In this breathing space I have turned to the Tariff5 for consolation, and, almost against my will, have found it. I hadn't the least notion that a frivolous person like myself could find it interesting, but I read it with growing enthusiasm and the second article quite vanquished me. I simply would not have believed that anyone, not even you, could give that subject such vigorous and picturesque treatment. I wish I had read more political history. I feel so sure that this is not only very different from but greatly superior to any other historical writing of this kind we may have, that I'd like to be able to say so with authority. You see I know very little about these things, but these tariff articles seem to me very much the most important things happening in magazines just now.

Faithfully Willa Cather Friday