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I rather bashfully ask a favor of the Houghton Mifflin Company and if you think it not in order, please tell me so without hesitation. By the last statement sent me the company owes me $1,091.63. This sum covers the sales to September 30, 1940. I wonder if the company would be willing to send me a check for this sum ($1,091.63) in the present month, November, instead of in March 1941? I always pay my income tax from January 1st to January 1st. My income in 1941 will evidently be larger than it has ever been before in any one year, and I would like to receive whatever is due me at the present time within the present year, in order to reduce my 1941 tax as much as possible. Alfred Knopf3 is making a first printing of 50,000 and the Book of the Month Club payment, I believe, falls due in January. You can readily see that it behooves me to collect as much as possible of the money now due me before January 1, 1941. If the company would prefer a commission on money thus paid four months in advance of their usual date of payment, I would, of course, be willing to accept those terms.Faithfully yours, Willa Cather