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#1691: Willa Cather to Professor Carl J. Weber, January 10, 1945

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Postmarked "JAN 9 : 10.30A.M. 1945"
Rec'd JAN. 10, 1945.
Dear Mr. Weber1:

If you are able to find where the writer3 of the review4 in the Forum5 for October 1936 got his information, I would be obliged if you would let me know. The statement you quote is absolutely untrue.

I went not alone, but with a friend6 from Pittsburgh7, to call on Housman8 at his lodgings in Highgate9, a suburb of London10. I had been staying in London10 for some time. I asked Housman's publisher, Grant Richards11, for Mr. Housman's address, which he readily gave me. I saw Housman but once and my friend and I were courteously treated, although we scarcely expected that he would see us at all. At that time Housman had no regular lectureship at Trinity College. He was then lecturing at the University of London or London College—I forget which name it was called by. I had not known that he was a professor there until he told me so.

When we called upon him at his lodgings in Highgate, he might perfectly well have refused to see us, as the names we sent up were simply, "Young ladies from America12". It would have been very easy for him to send down word that he was not at home.

Very sincerely yours, Willa Cather
Mr. Carl J. Weber1 100 Morningside Drive New York2 27, N.Y. NEW YORK, N.Y.2 JAN 9, 1945 10:30 AM