February 5, 1942
Thank you for your letter. I've thought several times of writing you, but somehow most of my letter-writing is done when I'm lying awake at night, and the letters never get on the page or in the mail. But mainly what I wanted to say was that I admire you for your courage and your valiant attempt to wring some kind of education out of these thorny times into which you were born. And you've done it, too. Your recent letters show a spiritual awakening which is the essence of all education. You're grappling with the problems of the earth, and nobody does more than that. --Maybe Fiderlick has helped you with that. Such a man is essential to an education. He'll inspire you all your life, and that's probably all the return he wants for what he does. That notion of his that all of us are gods in embryo--at least when young--that's a good basis for thinking--and I agree with it.
I wish I could send you a copy of my poems, 2 but I haven't an extra one. It's been out of print a long while and I haven't been able to locate any except the one I have. But I send my hopes and good wishes for you in the army or elsewhere. If you see or write to Keith please send him the same from me. And don't be sad about the army service. This is the only world we have and we must live in the world as it is. If you want to be a writer there's no better preparation than experience of life.
No better boys ever came along than you four--and I know I'll be proud of you, Avery, no matter where I hear of you. Let me know what happens--