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I have just returned from Washington3, and find your letter awaiting me. I cannot answer all your questions, but I can tell you briefly what I know concerning the bust of Keats4 which Mrs. Fields5 bequeathed me.
I think Mrs. Fields told me that Mr. Fields6 had this plaster bust made from the life bust of Keats in the Hampstead Church7, and that they brought it home in their own cabin. She never told me anything about there being a second bust in Boston8, or about exchanging one bust for another. I am not able to find any scratches on the nose or chin. One's memory is not always truthful, but from what Mrs. Fields said, I have always thought that this cast was made from the marble in Hampstead Church. I had then no idea that I was to inherit the bust, so I did not question Mrs. Fields particularly.Very sincerely yours, Willa Cather