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#0792: Willa Cather to Mabel Dodge Luhan, August 7 and 8 [1925]

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Dear Mabel1:

How obliging of Clarence4 to make a natural climax5 to the article6! We7 were held up three days at Lamy8 because of the washout at Trinidad9—nothing running except over the Belen10 cut-off. At New Laguna11 we had to wait three days before the bold Indian boy, Sarissino12, would even try to get us through eighteen miles of lake and mud to Acoma13. There was a cloud-burst every afternoon: But we met very interesting people and didn't mind the delay a bit.

We joined my mother14 and sister15 here July 31st. We have a very comfortable apartment in this new and very good hotel. Mother is well enough to go to the theatre and take walks and motor rides. We will go home to Red Cloud16 about August 12th. Then I will hurry on to my island17 in the Bay of Fundy18 to get to work.

Your letter sent to Bank Street19, on to La Fonda20, and finally here, has just arrived. The quotation from Plotinus21 is superb—who on earth is he?—and Background is exactly the right title for the first volume22. Don't be discouraged if the latter part is harder to do, it's bound to be harder. Very early memories are always the richest to work with. But that first part is glorious—it's full of life and vigor and reality.

My weeks with you in Taos23 stand out as the fine reality of the summer. I keep telling my little nieces24 about them. Yesterday my brother25 motored down from northern Wyoming26 and brought his three adorable little girls to us; the twins, aged 10, and their sister who is 13.

With my warmest greeting Willa Cather

Miss Lewis7 went on to New York27 last T Monday.