"I'm Mr. Gloom himself at weddings"
TLS signed “Jerry,” one page, 8.5 x 11, September 24, 1974. Letter to Eileen Paddison, in part: "I don't know the South well enough to recommend any nice place for you and Danny to stay for a while after the wedding. I know a few dopey resort towns in Florida, and my first year in the Army, a hundred years ago, I was stationed in places like Bainbridge, Georgia and Nashville, Tenn. Nashville's all Rock music, I believe, and Bainbridge was, and might still be, a perfect place to get out of as fast as possible. Daytona Beach is unlovely, too, but it has a place where dolphins play. I love dolphins. My thanks for the wedding invitation, Eileen. I hope so much you and your Danny have a joyous, peaceful life together. You do sound very loving to, and protective of, each other. I don't imagine I'll be accepting the invitation, though. Such a long way to go, Eileen, and I dislike travelling, and I'm Mr. Gloom himself at weddings. Ceremonies, gatherings—I don't really care for them. I will, you know, be busy in my own way just wishing you happiness together. The stuff about the black men is pretty scary. I don't know what you can do, except be extra-careful, prudent, and damned elusive. Do you know anything about Toronto, Canada? It might be a place for you and Danny to look into. In the last ten years or so it's said to have become a very attractive, prosperous, safe city. A lot has been written about it, and it does sound like a civilized place, in a good sense of the word." In fine condition.