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JOHN HAYS HAMMOND SR. - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/23/1933 - HFSID 23376

JOHN HAYS HAMMOND TLS to Mrs. John Emerson (Anita Loos), offering to advise the Hammonds on a mining investment, telling an earthquake joke in "darkie" dialect, and inviting them to visit him in Gloucester. Typed Letter signed: "John Hays Hammond", 2 pages (front and verso), 7¼x10½

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JOHN HAYS HAMMOND
TLS to Mrs. John Emerson (Anita Loos), offering to advise the Hammonds on a mining investment, telling an earthquake joke in "darkie" dialect, and inviting them to visit him in Gloucester.
Typed Letter signed: "John Hays Hammond", 2 pages (front and verso), 7¼x10½. Pasadena, California, 1933 March 23. On letterhead of The Huntington to Mrs. John Emerson [Anita Loos], Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Culver City, California. In full: "I was very sorry that I did not have the pleasure of seeing you and your husband when I called at the studio yesterday. I was told that you were out seeking a spot in the wide open spaces, where you would be safe against damage from earthquakes. Perhaps in that way you are showing the wisdom of the old darky at the time of the Charleston earthquake. You were too young at the time to remember the story, but you may have heard it repeated later. At the risk of damnable iteration, this is the story: One of the old darky women, on the way to church just after the quake, met a darky woman friend, whom she asked if she was not going to church. The friend replied, "No, I am not going to no church." Whereupon the churchgoer said, 'Why, Don't you trus' de Lawd?' 'Yes,' she replied, 'I trus' im, but I sho don't trifle wid'em.' In your case, you may trust the security of the buildings up to the point where you don't trifle wid'em. I wished particularly to see you yesterday to offer my services, to ascertain as far as I could, the merit of the mining proposition in which you were invited to invest. Dick promised to write and tell you that I would be glad to be of assistance in this matter. It may be that I can ascertain something very definite as to the proposition, though, of course, it is also possible that I cannot get the data upon which to base my recommendation to you. I need not tell you that it will give me great pleasure to serve you in this matter, but I do not wish to intrude my services. I hope that you and your husband may be somewhere not too remote from Gloucester this summer, to prevent you from paying us a visit. You will at least find the latch string on the outside, and a hospitable welcome. With best wishes, believe me sincerely yours". John Hays Hammond (1855-1936) was an American mining engineer, businessman and inventor who worked for British mining firms in South Africa, working for Cecil Rhodes. After the Jameson raid of January 1896, a failed attempt - not supported by Hammond - to overthrow the Transvaal government, he was arrested and sentenced to death but released after payment of a fine. Returning to London and then the U.S., Hammond traveled extensively to examine mines in the U.S. and Mexico. Between 1926 and 1929, Hammond built a medieval style mansion in Gloucester, Massachusetts, known today as Hammond Castle. It also housed Hammond's laboratory, from which he patented over 400 inventions. Hammond, second only to Thomas Edison in number of patents granted, is especially known for developing radio remote control technology. John Emerson (1871-1956) was a movie director and screenwriter, who spent his later active years at MGM. Mrs. John Emerson is better known as Anita Loos (1888-1981), the author of the novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and of many screenplays. She co-authored scripts, and also books on screenwriting, with Emerson, her husband from 1920 until his death. Lightly creased. Staple holes at top left corner. Normal mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.

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