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Just a word to you from this hotel where I am waiting for Mary Virginia3 to come to dinner with me. Thank Douglass4 for his reassuring telegrams. Indeed I will get to you5 just as soon as possible—that will be very soon now.
My book6 is done! My publisher7 went to Paris8 soon after Christmas when the book was only about two thirds done. We rushed copies of the manuscript on to him some weeks ago, and he read it in Paris and sent me this cable for a Valentine. Everyone at the office likes it better than the "Archbishop."9 I do not like it better, but I think it as good a piece of work.
I am now reading the proofs—Douglass will explain to you what that means, and I am correcting many mistakes—some are the fault of the printers, and some are my own fault. It is so easy to make a little slip in a book so full of dates and historical happenings. One simply has to get them right.
But it won't be long now until you get a telegram telling you by what train I am coming. I expect to leave New York on the fourth of March, and will go straight through, stopping one night in Chicago10 to rest.Here comes M.V. so goodbye with much love from us both Willie