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#2425: Willa Cather to Mary Virginia Boak Cather, June 22 [1929]

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VIRTUS NON STEMMA
The Grosvenor3
35 FIFTH AVENUE
New York2
Dearest Mother1;

I was royally treated at Yale4, but of course got home very tired. Mary Virginia5 and her party sailed last night at midnight. She ran in to see me in the morning yesterday, looking very pretty in a pale green dress and hat, and very much excited about her first sea voyage. She is only allowed to take two suit cases for baggage, so she can't take a very large supply of dresses, especially as she has to carry Kotex and hot water bottles in her suit cases. The total cost of the trip is $750, and they will run over nearly all Europe6, so that means that she won't travel in luxury, which is all the better.

Jess7 and Tom8 and Charles9 are in town. I will try to call on them tomorrow, but that is all I can do as I am hurrying off to Quebec10 Tuesday night to get some facts for my stoy story11. My English publisher12 is in town and I am so busy that I have had to call off my appointment with my dentist and will go away with a sore tooth.

Wasn't that a dear little letter from Helen Louise13, all about their plays and lemonade stand? I really love her letters, she never tries to show off and she tells what one wants to know. Tell Elsie14 I do thank her for the cretonne—Edith15 thinks it will be lovely for Grand Manan16. I have sent my beautiful new Yale collar to Carrie Sherwood17 to keep in her spare closet.

With my dearest love to you, darling mother. Willie