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#2722: Willa Cather to Alfred A. Knopf, [July 1, 1943]

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The Eastland
The Congress Square
Portland, Me.2
Dear Alfred1;

When you need a food vacation go to Boston4! The Copley-Plaza5 and even the Statler6 serve everything we used to expect at good hotels. The Statler dining rooms are hideously noisy (brass bands) but the room service is perfect. Such roast beef as I've not tasted for years—all vegetables wonderfully cooked. The desserts as many, interesting, and made as one would have them at home.

I had to take rooms at the Statler because I had friends there. I didn't regret it because I could have all my food in my own room—the hot things hot as blazes and ices cold and frosty. Our rooms were very quiet, though the lobbies are a howling mob. But not more than the St. Regis7!!

I went there frequently of late, but seldom got a table. Normally I fled back to Sherry's8 where the waiters know me.

I'll write you when I get to my journey's end,—Newagen, Maine9—and that will be very soon.

Miss Bloom10 will forward all my mail to Miss Lewis11, and I think the office had better send any letters from you in an outer envelope addressed to her. That method makes things simpler for me when I'm staying in a small hotel.

My love to you and Blanche12—I wasn't loving anybody on earth when I left town on the last (and worst) day of the heat!!

Yours W. S. C.
THE EASTLAND AND THE CONGRESS SQUARE PORTLAND, MAINE2 From W. S. Cather Mr. Alfred A. Knopf1 501 Madison Avenue New York City3 N. Y. PORTLAND MAINE2 JUL 1 1943 1130 PM Personal NOTICE
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