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#0126: Willa Cather to S. S. McClure, [January 17, 1907]

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Parker House3
Dear Mr. McClure1:

I was feeling far from well when I left New York4, and I brought your good letter along with me to give me courage. I have read it over many times since I have been here and taken great comfort in it. It does help me so much to feel that you trust me and feel such an interest in the work I am trying to do.

The first day here was dull and unsatisfactory. Yesterday, however, I got things started and came upon several helpful persons who had not been seen before. I am not quite myself physically as yet, so I am forced to proceed rather slowly and to rest a good deal. I would have waited until next week to come, but the information I am after is for the April article5, and that must be in the printers' hands in two weeks. I am gaining every day, and shall be able to get what I want. Everyone is very kind and helpful, especially Mr. Bennett6. I'm sure I never should have got off at all but for Mr. Mackenzie7. He was kind and helpful beyond words. I'd like to have him for my son-in-law! Besides, he was born to be an editor, and that appeals to me just now almost as much as his own attractive and vigorous personality. Aside from the fact that I like him so much, I have a confidence in his ability which I seldom have felt in anyone. He is the best thing which could have happened to our office—and I know whereof I speak.

I shall hope to see you as soon as I get back to town, and to be able to give you a good account of my work here. With all loyalty to you and yours, affectionately

Willa S. Cather