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I am awfully sorry, and a little ashamed, that I wasn't able to stop on my way back from Quebec5. But I had worked hard and played hard up there, and I had to get back here to see my English publisher, Mr. Frere-Reeves6, of Heinemann & Co., before he sailed on the Olympic today. I could have had only one day in Northampton3, and most of that would have been getting there and leaving. So I thought I'd better get back and get rested for the rather important business interviews I had to get through with on Wednesday and yesterday. I would have loved a jolly evening in Amherst7 with you and Tom8, but everything would have been too hurried. I'll get up there sometime when I'm not so rushed. You see, this really terrible trip to California9 that hangs over me all the time breaks the winter all up and makes me hold tight to any quiet working time I can get. I have to be in France10 the first of May, so you can see that I have a pretty full six months ahead of me.
I know you are happy and not lonely, and it's splendid that you have Tom for a neighbor. I see M.V.11 whenever I can, and I enjoy having her for a neighbor, though she's a long way off.With love, your aunt Willa Cather
Awfully glad you liked the couch cover. Some day I'll pick you up a gold pillow.Miss Virginia Cather1 Baldwin House Northampton3 Mass. MADISON SQ. STA. N. Y.2 JAN 10 1930 1030 PM VIRTUS NON STEMMA