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#0161: Willa Cather to Elizabeth Martindale Hueffer, May 20, 1909

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Dear Mrs. Hueffer1;

I am so sorry to have let you in for a sharp note from Mr. Conrad3. You see the whole matter was, in a manner, accidental. I was telling Mr. Hueffer4 how much I hoped that we might be able to get some of Conrad's works for the magazine5, and he said "Why don't you go down and see him?" Before that I had not the remotest intention of trying to see Mr. Conrad because I had not the slightest excuse for doing so beyond the wish to get some of his work if possible. Mr. Hueffer, who has been helping me to several good things for McClures, said he thought Mr. Conrad would not resent an interview on these general terms, and added that if I went down to Smeeth6 I would have a few hours with you. I do regret missing you altogether like this, and I hope I have not made a lot of bother for you. Surely you had nothing to do with with my projected invasion. You were the helpless victim of a letter and a telegram, and I can't see that you were at all "drawn in" as Mr. Conrad says, to any attempt. I should say that you were quite guiltless.

I am leaving for Paris7 on Saturday, to return to London2 in about two weeks. Surely by that time you will have come to town, and I hope you can come to see me. I shall return be stopping at this same hotel.

With greetings and many good wishes to you, I am

Faithfully Willa Sibert Cather
Mrs. Ford Madox Hueffer1 Smeeth Kent.6 Aldington Hgth. SMEETH6 MY 21 09 ASHFORD8 MY 21 09 11.30 AM LONDON W-D2 12:30 PM MAY 20 09 THACKERY HOTEL