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    Ernest Hemingway Handwritten Letter about Hunting, concluding two pages signed "Papa". Two pages in pencil, 8.25" x 11", front and verso. No place, no date. On tan paper. To "Mr. T". Numbered at top "3" and "4" by Hemingway.

    In part: ""I wish to hell you were here for the grizzlies. There is much more game than before. I want to get you a good grizzly for your trophy house. So far the hides are beautiful, long thick hair as pretty as your black bear but even much longer and like a silver fox in color almost...I wrote Georgie Barber about working for me because Jose said he had offer as quartermaster...Jose works hard to keep boat clean but he is so dirty himself that he dirties everything he cleans - He is like an animal too and slightly (sometimes more than) goofy. But he is a good sailor in a storm or anything like that. But will be glad not to have the dirt and goofyhood. He is a good painter but no mechanic. Geo is supposed to be a moderate mechanic. If he keeps boat up properly and is reliable will be O.K. I know enough now about keeping boat up so I can check. I told him to get from you what he needed for the boat...I will try to buy some pheasants - that man Leahy we met in Havana and fished (caught him a marlin) asked us to shoot with them in S. Dakota. Tommy was good in the hills - Shoots badly but walks well and is a good kid. He shot at the grizzlies shoulder at 50 yards and hit it in base of jaw - would have missed at 100 - but he got it. P.O. Mama is crazy about grizzly hunting says they make more impressive...than lion - they are handsome and big as hell. But believe you me there is no comparison in danger...they (1) havent the speed - (2) Knock down easy (3) I don't think have such bad ideas on acct of killed more chipmunks than wildebeastes. So long, Mr T. thanks for sending the rod to Aksel. Love, again, to Mrs. T." Tattered at left and right edges.

    Hunting and fishing were important activities in the life of Ernest Hemingway, and they figured prominently into some of his most famous works. Although only the last two pages of the four page letter are present, the thoughts expressed, especially those about hunting, are complete in itself.


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