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It is very kind of you and President Neilson3
to invite me to speak under the auspices of the English Department, but I almost
never give lectures, and I don't think I shall be able to make any such engagements
this winter. As soon as possible after Christmas, I am going to Pasadena4 to be with my invalid mother5. I hope that before I go West I shall be
able to go to Northampton6 for a day or two,
to see my nephew7 at Amherst and my niece8 at Smith,—and
[illegible] I shall certainly want to see you and Miss MacGregor9. Then we can discuss Grand Manan10 prospects; I only hope yesterday's
tidal wave up there has not washed away our house and your hopes.
It was awfully nice of you to send me "The Golden Asse"11 - the book is just the right size to fit into my suit-case when I go West. Perhaps I shall have time for a look at it before - but just now life is pretty complicated and I am not reading much.
I would be willing to wager that when Virginia went to tea with you she was breathless and speechless. I see a lot of the red-haired Virginia now.
With friendliest greetings to Miss MacGregor and to yourself.Very sincerely yours, Willa Cather