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#0836: Willa Cather to Mabel Dodge Luhan, [June 5, 1926]

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Dear Mabel1:

Here we are, after a thrilling trip to Canyon de Chelly4. I am wondering if you could rent us the pink house (the one we were in last summer) for a two weeks. Edith5 has to start for New York6 on the 23d of June, but if I found I could work in the pink house I would stay on through July, coming back to Santa Fe2 for the last week of June to join my brother7. He would be here for five or six days only.

Of course I don't know whether you are settled yet, or whether you are in the mood for wanting people about. I wish I could talk to you by telephone but the line is out of order and they won't give me a connection.

Since I can't talk to you I see no way but to thus abruptly enquire whether you would take us for boarders—whether you could make us a flat rate of twenty-five or thirty dollars each per week, as our friends at Grand Manan8 do. If this wouldn't LA FONDA
Santa Fe, New Mexico
suit you, simply drop me a line to that effect. I know that renting your guest houses is one thing, and feeding people quite another and much more inconvenient. On the other hand there would hardly be time for us to rig up a kitchen in the pink house if I'm going to be working.

All this is a suggestion which needn't bother you if it's impractical—merely dismiss it with a word.

We are very[?] comfortable here, but the Indian Detourists9 abound and the motor horn is the worm that dieth not10. The de Vargas11 might be quieter, but they are building, as you doubtless know. We got in only yesterday and have seen nobody as yet. I won't make any further plans until I hear from you. Somehow, I'm awful glad to be back in this country.

Devotedly W. S. C