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#1062: Willa Cather to Blanche Wolf Knopf, July 10 [1931]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ 7-15- Dear Blanche1;

I'm still busy settling the house2 and drying all the linens and bedding in the sun. The little house sits on the very edge of the cliff, and the sea fogs come in just as they do into a boat. Besides, the place was not opened up at all last summer, so rust and mould got a good start. We3'll be spick and span in a few days.

Please ask Alfred4 not to telegraph5 me the results of his correspondence with his London6 agent7 regarding "Shadows8". No telegraph station on the island; all telegrams telephoned out from under the Bay, and I have to go two miles to the nearest telephone to receive messages. I can easily resp reply to a letter by telegram, however.

Blanche, please get Charles9 the grocer to send me two cans of Italian Tomato Paste, two heads of garlic, and a pound of wild rice.

It's the only shop that carries wild rice. Oh yes! please send me half-a-dozen small jars of Caviar (the 65 ¢ size keep best) ask Charles' salesman to under-value these things about half in his declaraton, as the duty on food stuffs is now from fifty to eighty-five percent.

This is an interesting letter, surely! But I'll do better later.

With love Willa Cather