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I've been trying to get time to tell you how pleased I was to get your letter, and
how glad I am that you are going into the book business. Maybe you can find out what
is the matter with that business, anyhow! I'd be proud to have my picture in your
shop, and I will send you one within a few days. I shall go abroad in the late
spring, and before I
sail sail I must go to see my
father4 and mother5.
If I can get a few hours in Chicago6, I will go to see your shop and you, and if it's a rush hour I'll tie up packages. We have really been good friends for a long while now, and we may as well admit it. Someday I'll make a little talk to your clients, if you wish; and as I've always refused such requests, you see I mean business in your case.
Please send me a few book-shop cards, so that I'll know where to find you, and so that I can send them to the three people I know in Chicago—just three, that is the size of the list.
I don't often write letters by hand anymore, because my script is so hard to read,—but I want this letter to be friendly and personal, and for that even a poor pen is better than a machine.
With my warmest greetings and good wishesFaithfully yours Willa Cather