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I am enclosing a letter from a lawyer3 who holds a very important position in Pittsburgh4, both as an attorney and as a member of one of the oldest and most solid and politically powerful families. I never knew him, but I have known some members of his family. The story he asks about, you published in a Christmas volume of short stories5 which you sent out about eight or nine years ago. The title of the story was "Double Birthday"6. If you can find a copy of that volume left in the stock rooms, would you be kind enough to send it to me? There was a thumbnail sketch of his aunt7 in the story - complimentary one. I would like to gratify his curiosity, if possible.
Please return Mr. Magee's letter, as there are other questions which I would like to answer. Tomorrow I go to the French Hospital8, to have my hand9 properly taken care of for the next two weeks, but all mail sent to 570 Park Avenue10 will reach me promptly.
I wish you a happier 1941 than any of us are likely to see.Faithfully yours, WILLA CATHER Per S. J. Bloom11, Secretary
P.S. My secretary has to sign this letter for me, as my right hand is completely immobilized and I cannot even sign a check.