710 North Palm Drive Beverly Hills, California February 27, 1952
Dear Elmer-- 1
You certainly don't convince me. It seems to me that instead of answering me you set up straw men of your own and knock them down one after another. Probably my arguments look like that to you. And so we may as well agree not to agree.
[Agoura, California] March 29, 1953
Dear Archer-- 1
When I found, last July, that Mab had been having what they call an affair with a young television executive I left home for a time and returned only to keep her going after she had tried suicide unsuccessfully. We weren't happy in the same house, however, and I left for California at the end of November, having decided to get a divorce and marry elsewhere. 2 Mab's television job fell through and she was unhappy--wanted me to return. Under the circumstances I couldn't, especially since I had managed to fall in love elsewhere. Mab's moods went from bad to worse, but I thought she was going to pull through and build a life of her own--and of course I did everything I could to encourage her to do that. Her suicide was a shock and not expected by anybody. It hits Hesper and me and the woman I expect to marry very hard. But I'm sorrier than I can say for Mab--and for what happened. It was all so unnecessary. I had been deeply in love with her.
I'll return soon to California. I intend to sell the New City place--have bought a house in California--may buy another in