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I am very much pleased that the advance orders3 are good. Since there seems to be a small public that wants my manufacture and not just "something to read", would you think well of a volume of short stories about musicians and singers4 for next spring? The coming spring, I mean?
I could begin the volume with "The Diamond Mine"5 the Nordica6 story which is long and was very popular, add "The Gold Slipper"7, published in Harper8 January 1917, and three or four others which are not yet written. The volume would be rather light and breezy. If you approve of the plan, I'll set to work on the stories here.
My mother9, who has not been well for several years, is improving rapidly under my cookery. I wish I were as good a writer as I am a cook. I shall return to Bank street10 early in October. Please send me a copy of Antonia as soon as you have one ready. I enclose a list of persons to whom I want copies sent.Faithfully W. S. C.