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#1176: Willa Cather to George F. Whicher, April 8, 1933

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Mr. Whicher1:

I wonder if you could do anything about getting two rooms and a bath at the Lord Jeffrey5 in Amherst3 for June 17, 18 and 19? I have, of course, been unable to secure anything at the Northampton Inn. I have to go up there to take a degree from Smith6. I think I could sidestep the degree by going Aabroad, but my little niece, Virginia II7, graduates this year, and as neither her father8 nor mother9 can be there, I think it only human to put in an appearance.

I know perfectly well that you and Mrs. Whicher10 will would offer me hospitality for this occasion, but I never stay with friends and take a degree at the same time. It is ever so much more tiring to take a degree when you are staying with your friends. Besides, this time Miss Lewis11 is coming with me, and we want to get two rooms and bath at the Lord Jeffrey, if possible. Of course if we cannot get in at the Lord Jeffrey, I think we can stay at the hotel in Springfield12 and motor over for Commencement. However, that would not give me a chance to see much of my friends, and if I could get in at the Lord Jeffrey I would hope to see a good deal of you and your family.

I do not ask miracles of you, you understand, Mr. Whicher. But sometimes just a little personal influence will persuade a hotel clerk to rearrange his schedule.

With affectionate greetings to you and Mrs. Whicher, Willa Cather
Mr. George Whicher1 Amity Street Amherst3 Mass. NEW YORK, N.Y. STA. Y2 MAY 8 1933 9 PM