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Hotel Metropole,
London, W. C. 2.

Monday
November?17??

Dear Paul?

     While your father goes over a mss. on ?Justice? that I am to re=type when revised— here?s this from down in the waiting room? to shake hands with you over whatever has kept the situation from being ?on the rocks?? and thank you for doing all possible to have it as it is? and for influencing the decision to go south for awhile.
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Now that gravest fears and dreads are practically over with? your d-a-d-a is like a small boy who shivered and shook in his shoes so that he hardly could stand what frightened him? but?after=wards says ?Poopooh? I wasn?t neither scared! I was NOT?? and he is like born again and a bad toothache suddenly stopped? and a glad youth going to a circus that he had given up hope of getting to? etc.?
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all the same? , first your cable came, like soothing syrup, then your looked=for letter later same day,? and by that time one could actually see the tension letting go? and?gone? and in it place a condition of calm and renewed faith and revived interest and restored courage. We had hardly dared spend a sou that could be held back: For weeks meals costing from 1? to 2 shillings each? ; seldom more
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at cheapest places? and everything else accordingly? excepting this hotel room at 25 shillings a day, in order to have one of the few steamheated? for C.D. Your father at once swung over to wanting to relieve your feelings? and hastened off several letters to counteract previous ones? , I know. He had me send a cable? and thinks he should be able to induce you to reduce your responsibilities? but doesn?t want to be telling you what to do? either.
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I am sure that he will stay worried about it until you are more safely, securely out of the unsafe zone? but probably in his eagerness to indicate that he isn?t worrying? and that he completely resigns himself from now on? (almost) to whatever you need to do, or think wisest to do, with your own? and his? portion? well? just for safe don?t act too exactly on his present state of mind about it.  
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Again I am writing in strict confidence, and feel that it should be destroyed. We both know that he would consider it interference? and might even see a lack of loyalty? though I don?t just see how it could appear that way; but I feel sure that it is best to have you understand certain fine shadings as I know them? and to rather recognize that there is no way of escaping gradual changes that bring to notice an increase of some tendencies? and a decrease of others, and to meet these with as much consideration as possible, and at the same time to do so without discussion.
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So? I repeat? that it would be practically a blow that would become brooding and lead to a decline, I think, if in any way there should be a marked diminishing of his holdings excepting as they of themselves may vary? or? if you fail to emerge reasonably? steadily? from what he considers a really dangerous degree of debt. He has that on his mind? and haunts all the latest editions and makes calculations? and compares with your latest letters? kept ready to refer to? and when I ask? especially (?)? how
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things look now, he assumes that I realize that his own, being owned, are not really causing concern, and indicates that it looks ?better than it did? but still? want P? to get rid of more debt? ; too risky? , too big a load to try to juggle with?? and he shakes his head dubiously. I hope that I am doing what you will feel is right for all concerned.  I mean it that way. I?m sure you know that. Even so, I?d hate to have it unwelcome? and that you would rather have me keep it to myself. ?If so, forgive a good intention? and when we get back you can frankly tell me? and I?ll understand? and be as different as you wish, after that.
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Will write to Lillian next time? from Cannes, if not from here. There is a lot to do? as usual? before moving on to another place. No need to mention having heard from me? as will say to her the things that I don?t put into these.?

Together with my own relief? at this end? at his stage? I am mighty relieved to know that you didn?t get the worst of it; selfish as it seems to rejoice over good luck that must mean the ill luck of the other side. Goodnight? and goodwishes.

From?

R?  
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Mr. Paul Darrow
Amalgamated Bank
111 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago—Illinois  U.S.A.
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HOTEL METROPOLE,
LONDON, W.C. 2.