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#2869: Willa Cather to Louise Guerber, [August 22, 1926]

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⬩W⬩S⬩C⬩ My Dear Louise1;

Funny place for me to be? Perhaps. I found myself in New York3 in the first dreadful week of August, my chore5 at the printers' done (250 signatures6 on 100 percent linen-rag paper brought from Italy7) and no place to work. So I telegraphed Mrs. MacDowell8 and asked her if she could take me in and give me a studio. I have a beautiful studio in a fine wood, looking out on Monadnock. At first I didn't like the "colonists", but now I like them nearly all—some of them very much. As people they're mostly nice, if only they wouldn't talk about their damned professions and call them "arts"! Some of them are very nice. I'm enjoying the Bishop9 again, after weeks of separation—its like a ball where you have to dance for hours with other partners and then come back to the real one. When I was in N. Y. I sold the serial rights to the "Forum,"10 to begin in December. That will crowd me just a little. September 8 I go to Jaffrey11, Miss Lewis12 will join me for the month. I'll be there until late in October.

My dear, I found a letter from you in Red Cloud13 which my naughty parents14 had not forwarded—but no offense meant, there were dozens of letters there. My parents are Southern and don't get agitated. Don't miss "Iolanthe"15, if it's still going16. If you hear of anything good to read, tell me. Don't get impatient, but I hope we can do some things together when I do go back to town.

Yours W. S. C.
Miss Louise Guerber1 Metropolitan Museum of Art Fifth Ave. & 81st St New York City3 N. Y. PETERBORO, N. H.2 AUG 23 1926 2-PM THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM
AUG 24 1926