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#0153: Willa Cather to Perceval Gibbon, February 2, 1909

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My dear Mr. Gibbon1:-

Indeed we have not seen a story of yours in the office for a long while. I charged Mr. McClure4 to bring some back with him when he was in England5 the last time. He told me that he saw one which he did not like very much, but I am sure that Mr. Pinker6 has not sent any of your work to the office for a long time. I know ours is a mysterious office, but it is getting less mysterious all the while, believe me. Give Mr. Pinker a hint to send us some stories as they come along, and I will see that you have a quick reading. I should like to have half a dozen good stories of yours within the next year - nothing would please me more.

Thank you for the tip about Shepperson7, the illustrator. I wish we could get hold of him. We had such dreary troubles about duties, however, in the case of Hatherell8 that we are a little timid about getting work done abroad again.

I am glad to hear that there is to be another volume9 of short stories. Don't fail to notify me when it appears, please. There is no success, my dear Mr. Gibbon, that I do not wish you.

With cordial remembrances to Mrs. Gibbon10 and yourself, I am,-

Very faithfully yours, Willa Sibert Cather Mr. Perceval Gibbon. Elm Lodge, Riverside, Mortlake11, S.W., England.