•lan Ellen, California, August 25, 1915.
In reply to your good letter og August 6, 1915:
First of ail, Daddy nust apologize for not hazing let you understand how
busy a roan ha is. First of all, let m tell you how busy I am. I, personally, write
:.i&ny thousands of letters each y«ar. But that is not all. Many other persons write
letters forpe, let rae none you a few; Jack Byrne, ray secretary,/a very great many for
me; so does Aunt Eliza, so does Charraian, so doan Nakata, and so does a ROW boy by the
nam® of Sekina, whoir. I an now breaking in. On top of this, I have varioiis agents who
do a great deal of writing for me in the City of New York, for the United States, in
Australia, in England, in Norway, in Sweden, in Denmark, and in theyffest of Europe.
Now the point is, that while all these other people write these many letters for me,
I have to keep track of all the letters they write. Because I am thus occupied, along
with my writing, and with my education, and all the other things in the world that I
do, you will understand how impossible it is for me to remember what I did with you a-
bout vacation money la.st year.
The only person who i3 responsible for the mistake this year about the vacation money is your Daddy, and your Daddy got right up on his two hind legs and made
his customary roar.
your Daddy «Hi
TThenever your Daddynfrlnds he is mistaken he doubles up in order to make even,
I am now doubling up, herewith, in order tc make even. Please find enclosed in this
letter a check for Ten Dollars which is double the 3um of money that I contested in my
recent correspondence. Take this Ten Dollars and buy the slipp.ers, and also go ahead
V. and snend some of it on Mnjo* &&V& ,
I am glad to 3eo that ycu are not overcome by the formalism of the dry
professors this in regard to gramaiar. Of 'iourge, when wo have a living language
the pneple themselves decide what is right and what i? wrongand let the dry,f old