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August 22, 1974

Dear Francis,

Thank you for your letter. I am sorry to hear of Ralph Thompson's death. He was a good man - and a memorable [[poexy?]]! Long live his memory, as you say. He is very vivid in my mind's eye. 
I loved the week with you at Haystack - and left feeling unusually refreshed and seneued. There's something about blackfolks that suits me mightily.
The one moment that still hangs in my memory like a question is the departure of the Africans, with much ado, swooped off by the 2 young guides + guardians from the state department, as if it were an honor to be black in America! I'm still wondering how that scene struck our black American friends, who are more likely to be arrested than fe^ted for their appearance and ancestry, right? Ah me, the paradoxes...
      I finally got home this Monday - took the Volvo in for inspection on Tuesday, + [[underline]] it didn't pass! [[/underline]] So now I'm carless till it gets fixed - mostly body work, king pins + the like. Mine didn't win the prize ---- another, 1951, 270000 miles!
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