[Letter from I. H. to Cecile Kempner, November 16, 1941]

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Letter to Cecil from her father discussing an issue he had with someone he believed to be fraud. He also encourages Cecil to make up her mind about moving to New York or Dallas. He mentions that "Uncle Stuart" is going blind.

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[2] p. ; 28 x 22 cm.

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Kempner, Isaac H. (Isaac Herbert), 1873-1967 November 16, 1941.


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Letter to Cecil from her father discussing an issue he had with someone he believed to be fraud. He also encourages Cecil to make up her mind about moving to New York or Dallas. He mentions that "Uncle Stuart" is going blind.

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[2] p. ; 28 x 22 cm.


Text of letter: "My dear Cecile:
I am afraid I am not much in the mood for letter writing this mrongin - _Two_ of the things that I thought I had accomplished on my recent trip East (and all that really justified the trip from a business stand-point) have turned to dust and ashes - one of them was rather minor but the other I hoped much from. Then some poor devil with a hard luck story came to see me with a tale of a desperately sick fater in Flint, Michigan and needing the money to get there - claiming a job from which he could pay me back after he got there. The story sounded fishy, he certainly took a round about way to come from Los Angeles to Galveston in order to get to Flint. I turned him down cold and have been sorry _for myself_ since, fearing I misjudged him, yet confident that he is a fraud and imposter.
Well you seem to have your more important problem of uncertainty in determining whether it is to be New York or Dallas. I fear neaither I nor anyone else can advise you. The obvious preferable course is for you to make up your mind to marry some nice fellow and let him decide where you will live. At all events [?] so far as I am concerned the difference in distance between Galveston and Dallas versus Galveston and New York is only 8 hours and therefore the matter of distance from home is no longer a factor.
Since writing the foregoing, the fellow on his way to Flint came back saying he sold his extra suit and overcoat for $11.00 and I have him $10.00 which he says will pay his fare to Flint. How he will eat I don't know - but even if he played me for a sucker I feel better.
Ruth & Harris, Mother & I went up to Houston yesterday to see the A&M - Rice football game which was rather onesided - as A. & M. have such a good team. Herb was expecting and reconciled to Rice's defeat. Nothing else to write about except the deplorable fact that Uncle Stuart is apparently going blind - adding so trememndously to Mabel's test of Endurance.
Much love my dear girl
Affectionately yrs.
Nov. 16, 41"


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Harris and Eliza Kempner

One of Galveston’s most iconic families, the Kempner family influenced the social and philanthropic landscape of Galveston, and its members created an expansive economic empire. This collection includes both personal papers and documentation of the family's involvement in business and industry.

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Kempner, Isaac H. (Isaac Herbert), 1873-1967. [Letter from I. H. to Cecile Kempner, November 16, 1941], letter, November 16, 1941; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth977805/: accessed January 19, 2022), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rosenberg Library.

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