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TYPED LETTER SIGNED (TLS)
16 May 1970, n.p. - SIGNED and dated as "10," his intimate signature. To Danny [Stirrup], an old friend in Key West who had worked on Williams's house there, in full: "I waited as long as I could for some word from you about the erection of the Jane Bowles Summer-house which I want to sit and meditate for a while in before I leave for my summer abroad from which I may not return like a swallow of Capistrano. And so last night, not having up till that point, heard any word from you, asked Fontis to put it up with a good carpenter and a very simple little Gothic, not Byzantine, design that we'd drawn at a bar-table. He will start on it Monday and the top estimate is $1700. which is below the amount that an experienced architect would or should accept but all I wish to expend on the project as it will serve only as room for bridge- playing and for solitary reflecting upon the madness of the world. I have not talked to anyone but you about the cause of the interruption in our long friendship. But now I will. It can be said very simply. I returned from the mad-house hungry for a tiny bit of affection, tenderness, sympathy, understanding, none of which were offered and they were as necessary to me as the air I breathe. Then, being a tiger, I turned, for tigers will turn on mortal adversaries at last. That's it and that's all. Forget me, Don Quixote, if you choose to, or remember me as a loyal and patient friend to those who are friends and I still believe you are one. The best of luck with your important project in Palm Beach. Love, 10." Some wrinkling and creasing, still Very Good. Superb content [Attributes: Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent, est. 1987, ABAA, ILAB]
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