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#3114: Willa Cather to Burton Hendrick, [January 21 to February 8, 1907]

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Parker House3
Dear Mr. Hendrick1;

Have patience with me. I know I have not kept you properly informed, but if you knew the number of miles we have to cover and the number of people we have to see and the number of times we have to see them, you would have charity for my deficiencies.

The Walcott4 affadavit was not actually in hand until yesterday—weather dreadful, old lady ill, cant drag people out to pneumonia.

I have made a rough draft of the first part of the article5Lynn6, Amesbury7, Stoughton8, not touching at all the manuscript and the evidence concerning it. I have made this narrative of the first part simply because my notes became so lengthy and full that it was easier and less confusing to write the thing out in full. I felt we would gain something by having that narrative and very personal portion of the chapter done here where I could ask about and verify every statement and implication. I understood that you had not done much with that first part. If you have done something with it, we can take what is best from each account. This, I know is an awkward method, but I believe that it will give us more telling detail than mere notes would have done.

Faithfully Willa Cather