5 TLsS, 5pp, 21 April 1933 to 14 September 1940. To Margaret Cuthbert.

ADAMS, JAMES TRUSLOW.

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5 typed letters signed, 5pp, 4to, Hotel Lafayette, 16th St. at Eye Northwest, Washington, D.C., and Sheffield House, Southport, Connecticut, 21 April 1933 to 14 September 1940. Interesting letters to Margaret Cuthbert of the National Broadcasting Company, the majority written in 1939, stating why he does not not feel he can "go on the air on the European situation'' and explaining at length his outlook on payment for his work: "Although if you look up my age in Who's Who you cannot rank me with the younger intellectuals -- if intellectual at all -- I might explain what my attitude towards money is. Before the last war I was in business and got out quite young in 1913 because, although I had only a small income -- pre-war -- for a bachelor I never expected then to marry and wanted to read and study and perhaps to write instead of staying in Wall Street. At forty-eight I did marry, a girl without a cent who has made me very happy, but at that age I had to find some way of making more money. I have worked like a dog for twelve years and have done well as things go but that does not mean I am rich, and meanwhile, the inheritance tax, to mention only one, has gone up over 500%. Since I have made a certain reputation and been in demand I have had to work out some sort of system of meeting the calls on my time and work. What I have done is to make a clear distinction between commercial and public or scientific work. If a money-making concern wants my work I charge the going rates. On the other hand I have done a lot of hard work for purely nominal prices or nothing for others . . . or for the public. For example when fighting Roosevelt's Court packing plan I went on the air on nation-wide hook-ups, made 500 records for the air, went to Washington at Senator Burke's request to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee, etc, not only all for nothing but paying all my expenses. That is the way I have tried to work out the problem of making a living, provision for the future of my young wife, and also doing my duty as a citizen.'' Slightly soiled and edgeworn, but in very good condition. (Item ID: 6355)



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