Addressing "My dear Agee" at Agee's office at Time Inc. at Rockefeller Center, where Agee worked as a book reviewer and film critic, Eliot notes that he only received Agee's letter of May the sixth "yesterday, forwarded to me in Washington." Eliot "is writing at once to explain this as it would otherwise have seemed neglectful of me not to have alluded to your letter when we met the other day." Eliot assures Agee that "I very much appreciate all the trouble you took, in the first place to make an exact report of my lecture and in the second place to protect me in your columns. I was more than satisfied with the result, although I cannot expect you to be satisfied yourself, and I want you to know that I am grateful." Signed in full T. S. Eliot. On April 22, 1947, Eliot flew to the United States, primarily to visit his brother Henry, who died on 5 May, but also to visit Ezra Pound at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC. On May 3, Eliot gave a lecture on Milton, which was followed by a tea party, at the Frick Museum in New York in the afternoon. Agee is not mentioned in Eliot's correspondence, but he probably attended the lecture and tea and then wrote an account of it for Time or another periodical. Eliot was in and out of New York for readings on May 5, lectures at Princeton on Samuel Johnson on May 19-20, and another reading in New Haven at Yale on May 26. [We are grateful to Ronald Schuchard for providing the preceding information.] The envelope is somewhat soiled; the letter is in fine condition. (Inventory #: 23188)
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