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I thank you most heartily for the check, and even more for your nice letter. This
check reduces the amount you owe me to $4,000. (This letter is your credit until I
get to Bank) when I next go to my safe deposit box we will reduce the debt still
more. I will send you your original note, and you will destroy it and send me a new
note made out for $3,000 at
5% 4% interest.
I want to reduce the principal thus to show you how much I like the way you have managed to fight this hard world and at the same time live pleasantly and bring up your family nicely. I want to reduce your worries and responsibilities a little, and this letter is proof of it—in case I should be knocked out by a car. Counting up yesterday I found that 27 real friends of mine, people I cared for, have been killed by automobiles in the last fifteen years!
I like everything I hear about your Virginia3. I have just written her a long letter. She has turned out a plucky one. But don't try to sparkle up her quiet manner, dear. God knows it's rare in these days, and attractive even to the (discerning) young. There is a heavy quiet, and there is poetic quiet that is not lackadaisical.
Goodbye my dear. I write by hand only to you and Ex-President Masaryk4.Doubtful compliment, eh? But he likes it. Lovingly Willie