of this scheme, or if nothing comes of it, be sure I shall continue to wish you well at Stanford.
February 18, 1938
Dear John: 1
I have been so drowned in a difficult play that I haven't come up to answer letters in more than a month. However, I must tell you that I think you have done a beautiful job with the Articles of Confederation, which appear to be both clear and complete.
There are two minor points I'd like to talk over with the Board before signing my copy and burning my bridges. The first concerns the individual author's right to bargain for outside talent and to sell his play elsewhere in case he feels it necessary in order to get the best production. I believe we'll all stay with the group whenever we can and that the bargaining should be left with the individual, for stars are hard to approach and hard to deal with at best and I should feel at a grave disadvantage with the Lunts or Cornell if my hands were tied. A star or a director might like a play yet dislike to change producers, and be unwilling to offend us by saying so. Our mutual interest in our investment should be sufficient to hold us together without an ironclad clause. You say in your note that you think the Board would always be lenient in such matters, but the Board is of course a variable and I'd rather depend upon free co-operation than a loose construction of the law.
The other point I wanted to mention is that if no play is to be produced until it is complete and the Board is to decide when a play is complete, then it is in the Board's power to decide which plays shall be