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#1096: Willa Cather to Ferris Greenslet, February 15 [1932]

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VIRTUS NON STEMMA
The Grosvenor3
35 FIFTH AVENUE
New York2
FG Dear Mr. Greenslet1;

Please say nothing4 to encourage the rumor that the character of Thea Kronborg was done from Fremstad5. As a matter of fact, not one incident used in the story had any likeness to the incidents of Fremstad's life. My knowing her had some indirect influence on the book6, but mainly in the matter of making me familiar with the routine of an operatic singer.

Please make no statement7 about the matter at all—let the reader draw his own conclusion, as you yourself suggest.

Important: Please have your business office send me at this address, as soon as possible, a report of the amount paid me in the year ending Jan December 31st. Ask them to send me a carbon copy of the statement, as I turn one into over to the Revenue office, and like to keep the copy among my own papers.

I am just back and am overwhelmed by things, pleasant and unpleasant.

Hastily Willa Cather