Frank Lloyd Wright, Autograph Letter Signed
“Not Dead Yet–Working Hard–
Sorry to Have Lost Your Respect….”
Frank Lloyd Wright writes of a Mr. Sanderson, who “has deceived me in important particulars and has kept me in a curious tangle financially which I am now having an expert account straighten out fir (sic) me–I could put him in the penitentiary fir some of his offences but have no desire to do so.”
Speaking of a house he owns, Wright goes on to say, “I am not so haughty as I was fir many reasons–I have expanded the $4000.00 loan secured by prints in paying up debts on that property–it makes me fairly sick to keep on putting money and time into it.”
He tells Martin, to whom he obviously owes money, that “I will sell it outright and send you your money completely if I can possibly do so–Failing that I will turn over the rent money to you to pay your interest/ I am preparing a booklet illustrated with plans and photographs and well written matter to help move it.” Not dead yet–Working hard–Sorry to have lost your respect. I hope not to sacrifice your friendship. Wish you might promote me still as an architect. I need it and it might not hurt you–now. I have had much experience.”
D. D. Martin is no doubt the owner of the Martin House in Buffalo, New York. It is considered one of FLW’s best works.
Wright, Frank Lloyd. Autograph Letter, signed on name-embossed, address-imprinted stationery. Chicago: Orchestra Hall, 23 August 1912. To: D. D. Martin. Small quarto; 2p. A fulsome letter on business matters, but which insightfully reveals Wright’s character.
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