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    Handwritten Howard Hughes Note to Wife Jean Peters Hughes and his wife had an interesting relationship- separate rooms and communication by handwritten memos. Well, I guess it worked for them (for a few years anyway). Here is an interesting example of their messages to one another. On a lined yellow legal-sized page, undated, Hughes writes: "My Dearest Love, This is just to let you know that I am thinking about you. Please, tonight, remember that every single minute I am loving you. And please for this one night, tell your mind to stay on happy thoughts. I promise that you will feel it was justified. I love you some more. Teahouse with Brando is on. Maybe you would like to try a few feet of it. I will send a smoke signal about eleven. I still love you more, Howard." No doubt, his reference is to The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) which starred Marlon Brando. Howard Hughes was really a fan of old movies- even to the point of buying TV stations where he lived to guarantee that at least one station would stay on late showing vintage films. Jean Peters replies: "Dearest Love- I will remember you are loving me. I love you too. I'm watching Secret Agent- I await your call- Love J" As usual, the rest of the writing is by Hughes and it bounces around as to subject matter. At least a few of these notes are about Jose Ferrer but one particular sentence is attention-getting. Written upside down inside his first message, Hughes writes: "If I am boatless, I may kill myself" A large amount of writing in Howard Hughes hand, a first-name signature, a movie review, a love letter to his wife, and more- this item really needs to be in your collection. Fine condition.

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