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#2627: Willa Cather to George M. Stimson, April 18 [1931]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ Dear Mr. Stimson1;

A Catholic attorney3, the most celebrated lawyer on this coast, has found some bothersome "errors in Catholicism"4 in our page proofs5. I can get out of them with safety, but it will hold the works up a couple of weeks, and will mean another set of proofs for Miss Lewis6 to go over after the corrections are made. I feel awfully apologitic to all the office, and especially to you.

To call a Bishop an Archbishop7 is unpardonable carelessness—but the french sources I read, of course use the same word, Monsiegneur, for both Bishop and Archbishop. And who on earth (not a Catholic) could guess that until about 1900 it was not permitted to say a mass for individual souls' on All Souls' day! One could only have masses for the dead in general, it seems.

With this book I bid adieu to Rome—otherwise you and Alfred Knopf8 would have to become converts in order to keep me out of trouble.

I'm terribly sorry to make you all so much trouble, and I do feel rather an idiot. However, thank God for the San Francisco9 lawyer who will at least have enabled me to conceal my blunder from the Catholic world in general.

Faithfully W. S. C.