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#2272: Willa Cather to Meta Schaper Cather, December 12, 1944

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I was so pleased, dear Meta1, to get a birthday greeting from you – and I am glad you greeted me in the language of your childhood4. I have never gone back on the language – or on the old friends I had from that part of the world. Not long ago Miss Lewis5 remarked, "I am glad that the FBI F.B.I. are not a literary bunch. All the really likeable characters in your early books are Germans. I am afraid they might investigate you."

I had a very happy birthday – nice letters from Mary Virginia6 and little Margaret7. What a busting child my grandnephew Shannon8 seems to be.! When I first met him, when he was exactly twenty hours old, he looked to me as if he were out for a wrestle with the world.

Lovingly, Willie
Mrs. R. C. Cather1 Colusa3 California NEW YORK N.Y.2 DEC 13 1944 330PM