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I forgot to ask you not to3 drop a hint to anyone that my new book4 will at any place touch the war5. Nobody knows that. I've not discussed the plot with anyone.
I've just got word that Five Bank street6 is to be pulled down this summer7 by the bare hand of Progress—result of an express subway station at 14th street—and all my plans are overturned, even my summer plans for Claude8. I dash back on July 1st to find some spot to shelter my pots and kittles. It's worse than being a Belgian refugee. One can't demand sympathy—one can't even heroically die defending a New York9 apartment!
I'll certainly see you now before the summer is over, and then we can discuss all the matters before taken up by letter. This muddle about moving upsets my working days terribly. I expected to remain on Bank street for years to come.Faithfully W. S. C.