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#1944: Willa Cather to John C. Slack, November 22, 1906

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Dear Mr. Slack1:

Mr. George K. Turner4, a member of our staff, will be in Pittsburg5 for a few days, and I have taken the liberty of giving your name to him. He will want to meet some business men to whom you might be able to give him an introduction. Mr. Turner is the kind of man whom you need not hesitate to introduce to anyone. He will ask only for legitimate information and will make only the most legitimate use of that information. I am sure that his manner will speak for itself without any further comment of mine.

Mr. Turner's article6 on City Government in Galveston7 published in the October Number of McClure's3 attracted a great deal of attention throughout the country and you probably are familiar with it. Perhaps you may also have read his novel "The Taskmasters"8 brought out several years ago.

I was disappointed not to see either Mrs. Slack9 or yourself when I was in10 Pitts- #2burg. In fact, I saw very few people. I was very tired and greatly in need of a rest when I arrived there and my old pupils11 came to see me in such large and frequent flocks that I spent the time between their calls largely in recuperating.

I shall be in town again, however, before the winter is over and then I shall certainly see you.

With warm regards to Mrs. Slack and yourself, I am,

Faithfully yours, Willa Sibert Cather Mr. John C. Slack, Fidelity Title & Trust Co., Fourth Ave., Pittsburg, Pa.