fplr SINCLAIR LEWIS 2601 EAST SECOND ST. DULUTH 5, MINNESOTA Ck o Sunday, July 29 My lectures all done, my next-to~the~last piece for Esquifce done, and the murder trial done — the jury was •afhe^for 20 hrs and disagreed, so there will be a new trial in September — and so I am practically a FREE MAS, and next Wednesday I shall go off with Ace for a four or five or six days tour exploratory of new parts of Minn* And, to begin to begin to know something abt Negroes, I had five of them here with one liberal clergyman, Rev Burt of the Methodists, the other evening pp — so comely and well bred, the Negro women, and scarce darker than you, yet ranking with Zulu savages in the minds of most Americans. I worry about your paralyzed cheekj I hope for a letter from you tomorrow. If I don*t answer it directly, it will because I am bounding up 300-foot mountains in Otter Tall County (yes, the c.s. le Fergus Falls) and, looking at a Finn farmer, explaining to the appreciative Ace, ""Why, anybody could tell that he is a Chippewa Indian.* love — love — love Mr. I think your mother would love it here, next fall- winter. It would be well for her to keep her flat, and if she ever got bored here or found it too cold, she could then return to NY as soon as she got transportation.