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May 29, 1959

Dear John,

Your good letter of May 25 has reached me and before going into any of the other interesting items you broach, may I ask you not to undertake anything with Sao Paulo as regards the Spanish Primitive. It would be too long to go into the details at present but you will certainly trust me if I just say that it would be ill-advised.

You are no doubt over optimistic as regards the time at my disposal when you suggest my going "around the corner" to Madrid, for I could not possibly achieve this with the heavy planned schedule ahead of me. In fact, I have had already to cancel a trip I had planned for next week. However, I shall telephone Count Salinas, should I not hear from him as per the request you addressed to him. Do let me smile when you write that we should hurry because he writes "at the earliest". In the turmoil of New York you have forgotten the "manana" spirit, and also that it took him over a year to follow up the conversation you had with him.
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