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#2001: Willa Cather to Achsah Barlow Brewster, November 29 [1923]

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I had a dream-like crossing over a blue sea. There were many nice people on board, the very nicest was Frank Swinnerton4, the English novelist, who was my table companion and of whose really charming personality I never tired. He's so honest and kind.

Since I smoke very little at sea, Edith5 is getting her share of Earl6's cigarettes, and I saved all your chocolates for her because she likes french candy so much. I've told her lots about your exhibition, but I find it impossible to make her understand about your Ceylon7 pictures, or to tell her what Earl did to the Sailors. Dorothy Canfield8 dashed in to the boat train to see me off, and I was delighted to see how deeply stirred she had been by that exhibit. She thought your triptych the most beautiful and uplifting of them all.

My love to you both—happy working days to you, and peace of soul.

Lovingly Willa

A big hug to Harwood9, please, from me.