"I Am Getting to be a Regular Scold" [Manuscript]. Darrow, Clarence [1857-1938]. Darrow, Ruby [1870-1957]. [Autograph Letter, Signed, With Long Postcript by Ruby Darrow, Signed, (Chicago?) May 29, (1927)]. Single-page letter on 10-3/4" x 7" sheet and 6-1/2" x 4-3/4" portrait photograph of Clarence Darrow in attractively matted and glazed 20" x 21-1/2" frame. Light toning to letter, some fading to ink, "June 2" in different hand to upper left corner, a few minor nicks to frame. $2,500. * Addressed to "My Dear Blair," this warm personal letter offers belated thanks for a birthday card and a tribute that was read aloud at Darrow's 70th birthday party on April 19, a gala event at Chicago's Palmer House (that took place the day after Darrow's birthday). He explains why he couldn't reply sooner: he was working to fulfill a "book contract," which was for The Ordeal of Prohibition (1927), and preparing for a series of debates with Will Durant, on "mechanism," Clifton Daggett Gray, on "the same subject" and Wayne Wheeler, on Prohibition. At the end of his letter he says: "I am getting to be a regular scold." Ruby's note thanks Blair for his "very fine remembrance of HIM on the big birthday" and says she sent "papers which gave only faint idea of the glowing event." Clarence and Ruby both express regret that Blair could not attend the party. This letter is not included in Randall Tietjen's edition of Darrow's letters, In the Clutches of the Law. Note: Letter not examined out of the frame.
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