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#1069: Willa Cather to Dorothy Canfield Fisher, August 14 [1931]

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My Dearest Dorothy1;

For heaven's sake let's prevent this outrage and swindle4 if it is possible! Why don't you send Mr. Allan5's letter to Harcourt6 and ask him to put a stop7 to this project8? Ask him to telephone Alfred Knopf9; surely two reputable publishers will know some way of putting a stop to this silly business. At worst, they can buy him off.

Oh, but I'm enjoying the cool and solitude up here2! After Pasadena10 it's like drinking water when you're thirsty. There has never been a newspaper man on the island. The nice carpenter11 who built my house and has taken care of it for four years, said gently the other day that he wished he knew what paper I wrote for,as he would like to subscribe for it. You see I have found a place where I'm let alone. I will have to start for California12 early in the fall. Mother13 seems to grow a little weaker all the time now. I'm so glad you are having a lovely family summer; they are the nicest kind. I had them for years and years, thank God! Now I must rush this off to you, as the mail boat goes out from this island only three times a week.

With my love Willa
Dorothy Canfield Fisher1 Arlington3 Vermont U.S.A. NORTH HEAD, N.B.2 AUG 15 31 AM