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#1369: Willa Cather to Ferris Greenslet, July 3, 1937

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ FG Dear Mr. Greenslet1.

Regarding your change of plans3, as explained in your l letter of July 2nd, I can only say that I will consent to any modification of the original plan which Alfred Knopf4 approves. He is away, my secretary5 is away on vacation, I am trying to direct the maid about closing6 the apartment7.

(1) In the first place, let me say that, although I have made him Mr. Evans8 a great deal of trouble by asking for revises and changes, our correspondence9 has been entirely satisfactory to me. He has never made a suggestion that was not technically "right", or asked for anything which that was not reasonable.

(2) My relations with the editorial department have not been so happy. They have It sent me proofs which were not proofs! Have made suggestions which I adopted I agreed to, when they had (in their possession) letters from Mr. Rogers10 which stateding his objections to these same suggestions.

(3) This is the important paragraph. I had to write the captions for the illustrative material. Those sent to me from the office were incorrect both as to form and fact. I wrote the captions carefully. I wrote them with the understanding that you wished my name to be under each personal photograph. Now Mr. Eaton11 suggests that he can easily delete my name, if I wish it? Can't he see that my name id is a structural part of the captions which I took the treouble to write? Can't he see that "Photographed "From a photograph12 by Ensminger13 in 1937" ⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ is not a caption? It might be, on a page full of pictures of the same person. But alone?

Now, the conclusion of the preceeding paragraph is as follw follows: until you have sent me proofs of the captions or Motoes "mottoes", placed under the engravings which they explain (that is, a proof of the engraved page as it will appear in each volume, photograph and caption,) I cannot sihnsign any signatures. That Is is the only way in which I can feel sure of light-hearted mistakes not creeping in at the last moment.

Oh, by the way, I don't carry ink in my bag! George Stimson14 always got in to me in Canada15 without any trouble. Last year Alfred' secretary16 sent a lot of inks. I guess anybody could who took a little trouble.

My dear F. G., the reason I am annoyed is that there has been such a lot off useless trouble made for me because other people were careless. I didn't begrudge any amout of work I put on the book17 I almost rewrote18, but I hate to have hate to word to work because your people have not read Rogers' letters, or because they send me proofs that are not proofs.

My compliments to Mr. Evans, and to the type men who did so well by those shocking proofs.

Of course, I'm awfully sorry I ever let myself in for the worry of the whole thing. And there need have been no worry at all!

Faithfully yours Willa Cather