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#0977: Willa Cather to Mariel C. Gere, August 21 [1929]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My Dear Mariel1;

I thought you'd like to know about Prof. Bates3. Of late years I had opportunities to do him several small favors that he pleased him so much. He was the most shy and modest man—never asked anything, but the chance came along, and thank God I took it. I saw him for only one evening, however; and after it we had a really exciting taxi ride from Columbia down to Washington Square. He did not look a year older than when we knew him, but was just the same and yet so ripened, smoothed down, finished, but still very slim and somehow boyish. Awfully gentle - - not standardized, never a bit on the make. I did like him.

Lovingly Willa