Howard Hughes to Wife Jean Peters "Forgive My 'Hors de Combat' Condition" They lived in separate rooms during their 14 years of marriage, communicating mostly through handwritten memos such as the one offered here. On a sheet from a yellow legal pad, undated (but likely mid-1960s), Hughes writes: "Dearest Sweetheart, Please forgive my hors de combat condition of the past week. I was truly sick in my lower innards. I promise to do some of the things I have permitted to fall behind schedule - and to do it at once. I love you an awful lot, and I'll not be too late tonight. I'll send you a message, Howard. Please write me." The French phrase he uses, hors de combat, means "out of action" or disabled. Jean responds with: "Dearest Love - I understand and I'm sorry - I am going to watch #9 - "The Gentle Art of Murder" Maybe you would like to see it? - Anyway I'll be up till 12:00 - 1:00 - I love you - J." The Hughes writing on the verso of this page doesn't seem to follow the preceding exchange. In it he talks about a movie he's seen "100 times" with Walter Brennan, Dana Andrews and Anne Baxter. Though not mentioned by title, he is referring to Swamp Water (1941). A fascinating look into the thoughts and actions of one the world's richest men. Fine condition, transcript included. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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