Lot 536: Ernest Hemingway

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2015-12-18 17:00:16

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Lot 536: LS, one page, 5.5 x 8.5, January 15, 1961. Letter to Roy P. Gates, Jr. In full: "You can find Bumby, they call him Jack, now, at 301 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California. Where he works; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith, Inc. I know he'd be glad to hear from you, so let him know where you are. When we ran the recon into Paris the head of the Army, Le Clerc and Co., went a little to the left of where you guys were at school together. Thanks very much for writing me here. Everything is under control, they tell me now and it's only a matter of holding the weight down to a poundage that is difficult for me to make, but not impossible. Should be finished here the end of this week. Best always and I hope we will meet again before long." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope and a newspaper article from 1990 regarding the letter's recipient. Gates had been the roommate of Jack 'Bumby' Hemingway, Ernest's son, while the two were attending the private school Ecole du Mont Cel in France. He had spent time at the Hemingways' Key West house in 1938 but lost touch soon thereafter. He wrote to Hemingway after hearing he was hospitalized for treatment of his depression, and received this letter as a response. The writer tragically committed suicide just six months later. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467 Wednesday, 13th January 2016 Estimate: $2500-3000
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