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#1694: Willa Cather to Carl Jefferson Weber, January 31, 1945

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Postmarked NEW YORK, N.Y.
10 P.M., Jan. 30th,
Rec'd in N.Y.
⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Mr. Carl J. Weber1 100 Morningside Drive New York 27, N. Y.2
Dear Mr. Weber:

Please disregard any suggestion I may have made that you trace3 some of the erroneous statements about my visit to Housman4. The world is full of erroneous statements, and I notice that they seldom do any one serious harm.

"By misdirections find directions out."? That is a successful method, until it is carried too far. In your first letter you stated that you had heard that I called upon Housman, and that "probably he was rude, as always." I replied to your letter only because I thought silence might mean acquiescence to your supposition that the man was rude. He wasn't rude at all, but very courteous. I felt that I should say so.

In answer5 to your second letter I went a good deal farther than I should have gone, and told you exactly where I met Housman and how I obtained his address.

Now comes your third letter, which is practically a questionnaire. To these questions I do not feel that it is incumbent upon me to reply. You even ask me to expose a second person6 to a cross-examination. After all, this is not a case for the Federal Bureau of Information Investigation. One can dilate upon one's personal experiences, or one can be reserved about them.

I am leaving for Mexico City7 within a few days8, and this is an opportune time to bring our correspondence to a close.

Very sincerely yours, Willa Cather
Mr. Carl J. Weber1, 100 Morningside Drive, New York 27, N. Y.2 NEW YORK, N.Y.2 JAN 30 1945 10-PM