American golfing great.
Typewritten Letter Signed, Bob, one and one-half pages, quarto, July 19, 1966. On his personal stationery to Pat Ward-Thomas, Esq. in England.
“I acknowledge yours of 14 July. Believe me, there is nothing I dislike more than failing to accept enthusiastically any assignment you might give me; now, however, I simply must make some reservations.
“My health has been especially troublesome lately and I have been sorely pressed with personal matters, especially in putting together some odds and ends for a book on golf technique I am publishing in October.
“I am not one of those fortunate persons who can sit down before a typewriter and spill out words that make sense. The act of creation on a blank page costs me no end of pain. You speak so lightly of a piece of a thousand to twelve hundred words. For me, it would be just as easy to write five or six thousand; it is making the start that hurts.
“I honestly see no way I can do what you ask straight out of a clear, blue sky. If you might be able to accept the reservation that I shall try once I have seen your proof, then I shall be happy to have a go at it.
“I hope you understand and will on your part act quite freely. If the uncertainty thus imposed is too great, I shall not be sensitive. On the other hand, I hope to be feeling better later on and perhaps may gain some grain of inspiration from the reading of your proof ”
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