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#1909: Willa Cather to Mary Virginia Boak Cather, July 11 [1922]

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NUMBER 5 BANK STREET3 My Dearest Mother1;

Won't you be pleased to have your name in the front4 of what all my friends seem to think the best American novel5? I'm like Mary Virginia6 when she said, "Everybody tells me I have lovely hair, and I'm beginning to think so myself!" Weren't you amused by Hetty Skeen7's high-brow letter? I think she must be almost as intellectual as Dora8.

I feel guilty about keeping you bead bag. I took it to the "Diamond Bead Bag Hospital" and had a strong new fringe and a new strong hinge put on for nine dollars, and now it is much more practical than it ever was, and it's certainly the prettiest one I have seen anywhere.

I am leaving for Vermont9 tomorrow and give my address below. I Will probably be there for three weeks, longer if I like it10. I am so glad I did not let them bully me into a hospital this hot weather. I know I can face an operation more cheerfully in the fall. My surgeon had the room and operation room at the Roosevelt11 engaged for July 5th, but I called it off and I am glad I did. I won't try to make any plans about coming home12 until I get into the country and begin to feel better. I could not, at any rate, come before September. The Omaha13 people are bothering me a lot to speak there14 for October 10th. I wrote them that I could not speak for less that $300 thinking that would shut them off. Now they write me that they will pay me that, and they've engaged the Brandeis Opera House15. I've told them I won't do it unless I am feeling much better than I am now.

Goodbye, darling Mother, I must write Elsie16 a line about my quilt, and I will write Father17 soon.

Lovingly Willie

Address: Bread Loaf10 Inn
Bread Loaf, Vermont

But telegrams and express must be sent to
Bread Loaf, Middlebury, Vermont18