Your letter, money order, and letter from Dan arrived in the same envelope yesterday (Saturday the 22nd) having been mailed in Anchorage March 8th. Say what you want about Farley, but during his regime there was no such rotten airmail service as this. Airmail takes three days from here to Seattle, if the boat can sail from Seattle to Anchorage in 10 days, an airplane ought to do as well. That’s 13 days whereas it took 14 days for this letter to arrive. Are they sending airmail by boat now? What does your friend in the Post Office offer as an explanation? Somebody ought to start a Congressional Investigation on this. It smells bad.
Your letter was very interesting. The way it started out giving various reasons why you had not written was so good that both Dave and I assumed Dan was writing the letter before we looked at the signature (Well, I like that! Oh, is that so, etc., etc.)
By the time you read this, you will know the bad news about the car; in fact you will know more about it than I do. Any scathing criticisms you and Dan feel like writing will be humbly accepted. I guess, from what Dick tells me, I sort of fell down on you this trip. All I can say is remember that old story, “Trust nobody, not even your own fadder.” Let’s leave the sad subject.
You asked for an accounting. Maybe I had better give it to you quick before you have time to get any comments back here after learning the truth from Dick.
The car cost to date:
A.I. Clark Co. $400.00
Temp. License 4.50
Tire chains 4.10
Canvas cover 21.02
Extra keys .35
(I don’t think Dick paid Carl for the Briggs clarifier and I have not thought to ask Carl for a bill of what Dick owes him for purchases made before he left that I told Dick I would take care of for him, temporarily, so that he would not have to draw on his savings)
In payment of the above, I drew on your trust funds as follows:
At present your accounts stack up as follows:
Dan: bal. On January 1 $222.16 – plus later payments $204.66
Less car payments 372.16
Balance on hand $ 54.50
Ced: Receipts from Jan. 1 $75.00
Less car payment 57.81
Balance $ 17.19
The above figures do not include Dan’s regular $12 payments nor Ced’s $25 personal remittances, but only those funds sent to me in trust. Some $8 from Ced’s balance will come out this month for life insurance premiums. Dan’s balance also included dividend check received every three months.
And while we’re on the subject of finances, I am wondering if the dope I sent for your income tax returns reached you in time or whether the poor mail service delayed it until too late.
When you write, if you think of it, you might give me the latest dope on arrival of letters so I will know which letters you are answering.
Was glad to get sketch of new room and to learn of your progress in flying. You’ll probably turn out to be an exceptional flyer.
Well, well, a letter at last. All is forgiven. Keep up the good work. Your inimitable style really should be perpetuated in numerous examples for your future biographer’s benefit. Whoever wrote an Essay on Criticism might humbly sit at your feet and study this latest example from your pen. How do you like being a pedagogue? If you were good enough at it you might get a job in the U. S. of A. Why don’t you take a few minutes off some day and go back over my old letters, if you keep them, and comment on some of my numerous suggestions, like writing for the newspapers, South American trade opportunities, etc. I’d be interested in comments and reaction.
We have finally come to the end of this letter and will be moving on to 1942 next week.
Tomorrow and Sunday, I’ll be posting another installment of The Beginning and the early years in Trumbull, including early memories from the children.
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