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#0716: Willa Cather to Fanny Butcher, February 7, 1924

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My dear Fanny Butcher1:

It is over late to thank you for the three jolly art books you sent me at Christmas time. I have taken the greatest pleasure in them, and the two Italians are quite new to me. I hadn't happened to see any of their things before. Thank you ever and ever so much.

Did Miss Roulier3 tell you how we kept missing each other last summer after one meeting? When I tried to find her in Paris4, she was at Aix5; and when she returned to Paris, I was in Aix. She told me you were going to be married very shortly, but I haven't had any card from you yet.

I expect to go West in April--but don't tell anybody--as I don't want to make any engagements in Chicago6 except one to meet you and a few other old friends7. I am more determined than ever to shunt the social duties of authorship, even if Mr. Knopf8 and all the book sellers suffer from my behavior.

A thousand good wishes an my love to you.

Willa Cather