1985 Letter (blue)
Dear dear Etheridge!!
I haven’t heard anything but good things about you lately! That you’re writing, reciting, and SURVIVING!! So you have plaudits a-coming to you! -- because, believe me, I know how hard it is just to survive! And we’ve lost so many of our golden men: Hoyt, George Kent, Larry Neal, etc, etc, etc, etc.
1983 Letter (brown)
Dear Etheridge --
Good to hear from you, but I’m sorry for the unhappy news of the loss of your sister. Please accept the sympathy of one who knows the meaning of such a loss. My only brother died in 1974. My mother died in 1978. My father died in 1959. (I had no sisters)
I am the last leaf on the branch. It’s lonely.
Treasure the family you have left.