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#1670: Willa Cather to George Allen Beecher, June 10, 1944

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My dear Bishop1:

What an unpredictable man you are! It seems that your “retirement”3 has turned out to be not the introduction to a season of rest but the preface to a new and strenuous form of work. I rejoice to hear that it does not mean “rest”! You would never be happy resting. If I had been in town2 when your letter arrived, I think I would have got on a train for Washington4, to be present at that Confirmation service. After bidding farewell to your Nebraska5 field, here you emerge in a field that is practically nation-wide. You recall to me the English song6, “Old Soldiers Never Die”7. No, they just go on gloriously fighting for the Lord.!

Your loving friend, Willa Cather