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#0920: Willa Cather to Thomas H. Malone, [December 11 to 31, 1927]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Father Malone1;

I am far from my desk and my secretary, but I must write a word in my rather difficult hand to thank you for your letter. Of course the book5 was born of admiration, just as a kind action often is, done before we know it and without consideration. I was afraid of going wrong in details, but I felt that I got the spirit of the two men6 from Father Howlett7's excellent book8 on Bishop Machebeuf9. The book is simply an expression of the delight I had in finding out all I could about those splendid men. And yes, Raverdy10 is a study, a book in himself. His photographs are very puzzling; such large bold features, but a modesty that seems almost like melancholy.

I may spend a few days in Denver11 later in the winter, and perhaps you will tell me about Father Raverdy—not for a book, for my own happiness. The Denver clergy generally have been generous and cordial in their reception of this book and I am appreciative of their large-mindedness in overlooking small errors.

Wishing you, dear Father Malone, all the Joys of the Joyful Season, I am

Faithfully yours Willa Cather