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I am in town2 for only a few days - if I had more time I would certainly like to go to see you and talk things over. I haven't3 the kind of story you inquire about on hand now, though during my long absence in Canada4 the Knopf office did place5 such a story6 for me. This does not mean that you and I are forever parted I hope. I was away, a very good offer came into the office, and I let them handle it for me as the easiest way out.
You sent me, I remember, a Christmas card which I wanted to acknowledge, but since Christmas I have been most of the time in California7, with my mother8 who had long been ill there. She died at the end of August, and now perhaps I shall come back to New York2 to live.Sincerely yours, Willa Cather