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Dear Paul

     Yours containing Ensign letter & answer is received.  I have written quite a number of friends asking financial assistance, am getting some.  I tell xxx them the truth that most that I got went to pay my debts.  that while I have the main interest in that plant subject to bonds still I could not get money on it.  T that any how those in sympathy ought to help.  Of course I may never be able to make any more money, whatever the outcome.  I dont want you to write any one that we can give security or
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any thing like that.  You can say that you think I am hard up & in a general way tell them the truth just as I tell you.
     There is nothing new since I last wrote[.]  Am feeling well & in fighting mood & ready for whatever comes.