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#2324: Willa Cather to Virginia Cather, January 28 [1932]

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Dear Virginia1;

Excuse this awful paper—local style; I am sending you a jade and turquoise necklace, Chinese work, that your Grandmother4 meant for your graduation present. It was a costly one that I sent her only a few months before her stroke. When we went over her little trinkets after her illness, she pointed to this necklace and said quite clearly, "West Virginia".

"Now?" she shook her head. "When she graduates?" she nodded eagerly.

But I jump about so much that I am afraid it might get lost. There will be some occasions in your junior year when I know Grandmother would wish you to wear it, and I want to send it to you from this dear old home5 that is still so full of her.

I start for New York6 tomorrow.

With love to you, my dear, and your grandmother's blessing, Willa Cather

P.S. Don't trust Miss Chase8 very far, my dear. She is tricky, and terribly terribly vain.

Virginia Cather1 Baldwin House Northampton3 Mass. RED CLOUD NEBR.2 JAN 28 1932 730 PM