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The word "nubian" appears on the first one; I searched for that in the RAH archives and got nothing back, so apparently this bunch is unexamined by scholars.

Too bad it costs as much as a nice car.

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Very interesting, BillMullins.

That is a stunning price the vendor is asking: about $1,500 per document. Does such a price have any bearing in reality, do you think?

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I can't see that price being met.

Seems to describe an anti-Semitic comment at a dinner party with H departing in righteous anger.

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So. Any guesses about the recipient(s) of the letters?

Leslyn's handwritten note, from 21 December 1941, is poignant.
"...edges of our chairs waiting for orders. Bob has been passed for any type of duty-- sea, foreign, or land, as he waived all physical disabilities. Where we will be this time next week I don't know-- I hope together. I'm not very good at being a keep-the-home-fires-burning gal.

"We may be given duty here-- if not, Campbell will always know where we are if it is not a military secret.

One of Robert's letters discusses his impression of the Futurians, and their impression of him, following the Denver Worldcon, Denvention. He mentions John Michel and Doc Lowndes and a "Don" I'd guess is Wollheim. The addressee has some connection to a filterable virus. I don't think this is a page from the 18 July 1941 letter, because it's double-spaced rather than single-spaced.

On the other hand, the 18 July letter does cover Heinlein's support for the 1942 Worldcon (which never took place, thanks to World War II), and his intention to encourage SF fandom, though at arm's length. So both of these pages are concerned with fandom, shortly after the Denvention, which took place over the Fourth of July weekend in 1941.

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