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#1478: Willa Cather to Carrie Miner Sherwood, April 2, 1940

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My dear Carrie1:

This is not the long letter which I want to write you from my heart, and I would not think of sending it to you had I not seen in a copy of the Commercial Advertiser3 that Miss Schwartz4 had been speaking at a club in Red Cloud5 about Cornelia Otis Skinner6. At about that time Cornelia Skinner sent me this sketch of her mother. I thought you might be interested to read it, and that perhaps Miss Schwartz might be interested to see it. Maud Skinner's7 story is so typically American — typical of a crude period when so many brave and fine young people were struggling out of little frontier towns into towns only a little larger, not because they wanted to get rich or to cut a splurge, but because honestly, at the bottom of their hearts, there was a longing to know the really fine things and fine people of the world.

Lovingly to you and Mary8 Willie