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#1493: Willa Cather to George Allen Beecher, September 28, 1940

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ W / 11 x note:
I have no
copy of this
letter so I so I must not hope in
vain for no return
My Bishop1 and my very dear Friend:

You never had a kinder impulse than that which led you to write me a beautiful letter about the dedication of the altar rail3 at Grace Church4. This letter, which I will keep all my life, brought tears to my eyes and peace to my heart. There are few spots in the world that I love as much as I love that little church in Red Cloud5. And when I read your letter, I feel that I am there myself. I know that to me, too, the windows would speak like voices, and many precious memories would come back to me. How well I remember the evening6 when you confirmed me, with my father7 and mother8, in that dear little church. That evening meant a great deal in the lives of all three of us.

It seems almost like one of the miracles of old that dear Molly Ferris9 was able to be present at that service and once more bear witness to the her "faith that has been a light to many." I feel grateful, my dear Bishop, that in your busy life you took the time to write me of that Sunday service while your heart was still full of it. Your good letter brought to my heart an uplift and a warmth which could express itself only in prayer. I felt as if I had been with you all on that happy day.

It will not be long, I hope, before I am with you in person as well as in thought. I feel very hopeful that I can be in Red Cloud and Hastings10 sometime this coming winter, and then I can explain to you some of the many things which have kept me away so long.

With loving good wishes to Mrs. Beecher11 and yourself,

Faithfully and affectionately yours, Willa Cather