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#2005: Willa Cather to Mary Ellen Chase, November 23, 1929

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ To
Mary Ellen Chase
My dear Miss Chase1:

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