Letter from Booth Tarkington to May Wright Sewall.

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TARKINGTON, BOOTH AUG 31, 1918

Aug 31, '18

Dear Mrs. Sewall:-

Bad weather prevented me from making the trip to Eliot on Thrusday; however it was as well, for [inter?] had prevailed, and I had not been able to conclude my

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reading of the [?].

Now, I cannot be sure of getting over before the end of the week. We have visitors, and a man hascome from California to work over a play with me, and I have a most dissuaging accumulation of work that has to be done for the government, as well as a [?] [?] of unpleasant proportions.

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and I have no secretary. But I will bring back the [?], with my suggestions, at the first possible opportunity, be assured.

My suggestions are all very slight details marginal notes almost all cocsering bits of punctuation necessarily overlooked, here & there in a [?] of any proportion.

I have no other suggestions, I believe. I could, of course, make

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radical [?], but that would be, simply, an endeavor to substitute my [?] viewpoint for yours - to give the [?] an impregnation of my character instead of its author's. Whereas, perhaps the most interest thing about the [?] to a reader of my sort is the character revealed and nothing should [?] to its alteration as presented.

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I should tell you that I read the [?] very carefully and with an ever increasing interest. Taking it merely as an autobiographical story, it seems to me unique - and I am using the word "unique" after caution.

It proves its over absolute sincerity from

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