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Hurston, Z.N. signed typewritten letter to Jean Waterbury Eau Gallie, Fla. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Thinks Ann Watkins is after...
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Finding Guide: A Guide to the Zora Neale Hurston Papers
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Title: Hurston, Z.N. signed typewritten letter to Jean Waterbury Eau Gallie, Fla. (1p. 8 1/2 x 11). Thinks Ann Watkins is after them both.
Series Title: Correspondence
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Publication Date: 1951, July 15
Physical Location:
Box: 2
Folder: 33
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Subjects / Keywords: Hurston, Zora Neale
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Source Institution: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
System ID: AA00009755:00089

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3J Ea~u Gallie, Pla.
July 15, 1951.



Dear Jean:

Being very busy, I did not go to the Post Office for two
days, and so got your letter and the one from B~urroughs MJIitchell a~t
the same time.

Let not your heart be troubled,honey. In bridge, this would
amount to wha~tis known as a psychic bid. On the night of July 8,
I had a curious experience. In all the years that my mother has been
dead, I have only dreamed of her three times, and this was the third.
She appeared younger than I had known her, for she was twenty-nine
when I was born, corning late in the litter, and in the drezun,if I
call it that, she w~as a girl in her late teens. A serene and happy
aura was about her. She said nothing, just smiled and beamed on me,
handed me a note written on the lined paper of a cheap tablet, and
somehow was gone. I unfolded the note, written in lead pencil, and
read, The hidden enmity will come out into the open now, but do
not be afraid. Thank them for the insincere advice given with chee~r-
fulness. 'Make th~e new arrangements suggested to you, and see your
self go to greater heigShts"

I have interpreted it that Ann Watkins is after us both. The
office has never acknowlecdged myr letter of resignation. Her husband
is something at Scribners,isnt he? V.ell, then we must expect for
influence to be wielded. Bturroughs' letter was subjectivre and on
the defensive. I am following the instructions of the dream, and
shall answer pleasantly, but vag~ue. Any move must be up to ~theun. I
shall not be helpful. I regret this behavior of Scribners only be-
cause we both need money, but otherwise, I really don't care. You.
are not ducmb. about the head, so you must know that Watkins is prob-
ably accusing us both of ingra~titude,etc,me, in particular, and
kidding herself that I am to be prev-ented from profiting by it,and
you are not to succeed with your new firm if it can be helped. I
am going to show her that she is not doodly-squat SBurroughs,un-
intentionally betrays conference with Ws~atkins, as you can see from
the last paragraph of his letter. I have never mentioned this story
to him, so he had to learn about the shorter version from somebody
who did know about it, thus indicating that he is not proceeding
from what is in the scri t that he has, but from conference.

Mly best to Tay Hohoff.-Tell her that THEiIR EYES WER
WATCHING GOD> has made me many friends in Scanldinavia. I :et letters
inviting me to visit Denmark and Norway, and also the royalties
everyr May are most welcome.

If the way, wre might make a little something if THlRnI I;YES
could be sold to a pocket-book edition firm.

Most sincerely,


P.S. H~old $75.00 and se d me the rest. I am doval hard a~t writing
now, and I want tsto ck uXP with enough1 gro cerik ouer tolatm
until I am through with whatt I have laid out. Ta yu