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#1573: Willa Cather to Benjamin D. Hitz, February 21, 1942

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My dear Mr. Hitz1:

I am, indeed, most grateful to you for the Petit3 letters4. They form a unique item in my large collection of memoirs and letters of missionary priests. Father Petit was a younger man than any other of the missionaries whose letters or reminiscences I have collected. The spirit of these letters is that of a very young man, indeed. His youthful enthusiasm and his romantic temperament must have perplexed his Bishop5 at times. But the Bishop seems to have been a wise man, and he handled his romantic young priest with affection and discretion, very much as George Washington6 handled the equally romantic and fervid young Marquis de Lafayette7. I thank you, dear Mr. Hitz, for these charming letters.

Cordially yours, Willa Cather
Mr.Benjamin D. Hitz1, Brendonwood, Indianapolis8, Indiana. NEW YORK.N.Y.2 FEB 24 1942 11-PM