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I have just come back from the North, and Miss Bloom3 has shown me your letter and explained that a manuscript came from you in my absence.
Just as she told you, we have to make an unfailing rule to return manuscripts unread, but from reading your letter I understand perfectly that your case was an exception, and that you were not trying to impose on good nature.
I have made rather strict rulings about manuscripts because there are at least five hundred thousand young people in this country who wish to become writers, and as this is a rather bold and forward age, they have no hesitation about sending their manuscripts along, asking for criticism and advice. That is the reason why I have had to make this rather severe rule. You will understand this, I am sure, and I send you my cordial greetings and good wishes.Cordially yours, WILLA CATHER