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181 Greene Street
New York City
Sept 3. 1940

Dear Al
   Have been living with you in my imagination in that good wholesome way which only becomes confused when we try to say it in tangible words. Still one must blunder and try to say things articulation seems a very interesting game to play. Now that September is here autumn imposes her mood upon us, the few days of rain sort of got in my hair but at present am painting and feeling for a moment fine and mellow as Billie Holliday sings which record I have incidentally also Country Gail Blues plus Trucking little Baby by blind boy Fuller if you have not these numbers in your collection I will be honored to add them as an element of rythmn. Al if at any time you have time and would like to go to Harlem just let me know a day or two ahead and I will show you the place where there are happy feet and Weary Blues also Barbecued ribs.
How's your drumming coming these days.
   Will give you a ring some time not distant and here's so long to the truly sincere and fine person I know you to be your friend
Beauford DeLaney
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