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#1302: Willa Cather to Alfred Dashiell, March 9, 1936

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My dear Mr. Dashiell1:

I greatly appreciate the compliment your invitation pays me, but I am leaving New York2 in a few weeks and shall be away for the next two years, so you see it would be impossible for me to accept.

For the last five or six years I have been in New York so little that I have not been able to attend the meetings of the P. E. N. Club3, though I used greatly to enjoy them. The long illness of my mother4 kept me in California5 so much of the time that I quite lost touch with many of my old friends here in New York. All of my family live in the far West, and most of my interests are there. I make this somewhat lengthy explanation, as I would not like to have you misunderstand the spirit in which I decline so friendly an invitation.

Very cordially yours, Willa Cather