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#0727: Willa Cather to Elizabeth Moorhead Vermorcken, March 23 [1924]

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Dear Elizabeth1:

My secretary answered Miss Breed4's letter promtly. but your kind letter of encouragement and invitation, which I put aside to answer by hand, has been neglected. Invitations from schools and colleges are almost driving me distracted this spring. I would like to get a little writing done, if they would give me a chance.

I came up here2 quite used up, a week ago, but now I’m sleeping splendidly and putting lots of enery to work. It’s a lovely place—deep woods, lots of snow still, and indoor comfort. The week D. H. Lawrence Lawrence5 and his wife6 were in town I tried to do a lot of things with them, besides doing all the things I’d planned before they came; I simply got so tired I couldn’t stop going. They are both very unusual and charming and thrilling people.

I shall go home7 the latter part of the week—I've had a delightful time—only POCONO MANOR INN POCONO MANOR P.O. PA.six or eight people in the Inn, and I’ve not had to say a word to one of them beyond “Good morning”.

Please remember me admiringly to your wonderful mother8, and don’t think me unappreciative of your kindness in asking me to stay with you. Someday I hope I may have the pleasure of staying with you, but you know I never visit!

Faithfully yours Willa Cather

Seriously, didn’t you know that I never make visits? Ask Ethel Litchfield9 sometime, and she’ll merrily laugh and tell you why! Sometimes I still go up to Maine10 to see Mary Jewett11 for a few days, but when she dies there will not be a soul on earth I have to visit.

POCONO MANOR INN POCONO MANOR P.O. PA.2 Mrs. Elizabeth Vermorcken1 Margaret Morrison School Carnegie Technical School Schenley Park Pittsburgh3 Pa. MAR 24 Willa Cather