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Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Shirley Bernstein, October 3, 1985

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Shirley Bernstein, October 3, 1985

excerpt: "1915 years later--and it's yours!" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, December 12, 1933

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, December 12, 1933

excerpt: "Added to your pride in me: I am almost positive that I am to do my concerto with Sevitzky's Young musicians' orchestra. From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, December 29, 1933

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, December 29, 1933

excerpt: "I have created quite a stir with the piano, and am even giving musicales." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, August 1937

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, August 1937

excerpt: "I'm having a splendid time here at camp..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, May 21, 1938

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, May 21, 1938

excerpt: "I wish you'd come down to Princeton on Friday the 27th. Walter P__ and I are having a program at 4...and Roy Harris is being performer that night." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1938

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1938

excerpt: "Alex North says your much too good for so menial a job as is open at Bennington." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, October 1938

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, October 1938

excerpt: "I'll try to reach Blitzstein before I call you to get the dope from him. But what makes you think he controls the fee?" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1938

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1938

excerpt: "...be sure to learn a lot about counterpoint first. No one can beat Piston at that...I saw M. Blitzstein...so why not write him directly and say you're the pianist I mentioned..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, August 1938

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, August 1938

excerpt: "...I met at least one new and talented composer in London, Benjamin Britten...working at top speed on a new cowboy ballet for the Ballet Caravan outfit." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1939

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1939

excerpt: "...you arouse a long dead messianic complex in me. Do you mind being saved?...I see the beginning and end of the first movement but not the middle." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, October 18, 1939

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, October 18, 1939

excerpt: "I'm tickled that they are taking such good care of you at Curtis." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1939

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1939

excerpt: "Will you listen in to the broadcasts and tell me what's wrong with them?/Benjamin Britten arrives to-night!" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, January 1940

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, January 1940

excerpt: "Watch out for Mice & Men in Philadelphia. You're probably the only one alive who will hear the background music I wrote. 40 minutes of it." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, September 19, 1940

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, September 19, 1940

excerpt: "...what have you decided to do about the winter?" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1940

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1940

excerpt: "I plan to see Koussie before I go and will talk to him about you." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, October 31, 1940

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, October 31, 1940

excerpt: "If you want my advice, pay a great deal of attention to every remark made by Mr. Reiner. He is, as you know, a master technician and holds the best European traditions of musical art." From: Correspo... more

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, September 5, 1940

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, September 5, 1940

excerpt: "Nothing could have made me happier than to know that your work this summer has really given you beauty and strength and a better understanding of the gifts with which nature has endowed you." From: Co... more

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, July 1, 1940

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, July 1, 1940

excerpt: "Copland tells me that Kouss. is expecting one of his students to conduct Randall Thompson's Symphony no.2 the very first week, and that he has mentioned my name as the first possibility." From: Corres... more

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, April 1941

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, April 1941

excerpt: "You would like the Britten--you old romanticist you. But I agree. It's definitely got something--and the second movement orchestration is phenomenal...I tried to get you a job playing the piano part... more

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, October 20, 1942

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, October 20, 1942

excerpt: "...in a rushed moment. Will write very soon" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Olga Koussevitzky, December 5, 1941

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Olga Koussevitzky, December 5, 1941

excerpt: "Leonard Bernstein announces the opening of his studio for the teaching of piano and musical analysis..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Sam Bernstein, September 22, 1941

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Sam Bernstein, September 22, 1941

excerpt: "Jamie grows more beautiful every day...She is really remarkably advanced for two weeks old..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, January 10, 1941

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, January 10, 1941

excerpt: "Last Saturday I lost one of my best friends -- Alfred Eisner." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, October 25, 1941

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, October 25, 1941

excerpt: "Finished the Sonata! Played the world premiere in B.A. Slonimsky was there. Musicians said nice things." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1941

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1941

excerpt: "Heinshimer says Koss is doing Quiet City this week...If true, please tell him that there is a terrible mistake in the printed score at No. 7..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Olga Koussevitzky, October 7, 1941

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Olga Koussevitzky, October 7, 1941

excerpt: "The doctor who deferred me (in case Dr. K. is serious about writing him)..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1942

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1942

excerpt: "Hurrah for you!" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1942

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1942

excerpt: "We [Camargo Guanieri and I] are playing a Birthday Piece (on Cuban Themes) at Town Hall together on Dec. 9th. It's not written yet, but then..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1942

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1942

excerpt: "I'm writing a ballet -- very frothy one -- for the Monte Carlo people." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, September 14, 1943

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, September 14, 1943

excerpt: "It's all too wonderful!...I keep wondering what you will think of the score for North Star...I even had my first chance at a bang-up battle sequence....Of course I was jealous when I read Piston and T... more

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, February 17, 1943

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, February 17, 1943

excerpt: "A thousand thanks for everything and best of luck" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, September 4, 1943

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, September 4, 1943

excerpt: "Marvelous news just finishing my last ten thousand notes will be coming home end of this month..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, March 6, 1943

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, March 6, 1943

excerpt: "I did omit to get the Post (which criticized my wit, favorably, but made no mention of the performance)." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, August 1943

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, August 1943

excerpt: "Thursday night I was deferred for all time from the army...[the doctor] assured me, 'nothing can interfere with your career.'" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, September 13, 1943

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, September 13, 1943

excerpt: "This publicity business is really getting fantastic. Every N.Y. paper had it on Thurs.,...I've just taken a fine apartment in Carnegie Hall." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, March 21, 1943

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, March 21, 1943

excerpt: "Here's more: I'm really getting to like this idea--" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, February 23, 1943

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, February 23, 1943

excerpt: "For the record" [with Town Hall program] From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, 1943

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, 1943

excerpt: "Don't you think it might be a wonderful idea to have Jenny Tourel to sing the Soprano Solo in my Symphony?" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, March 4, 1944

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, March 4, 1944

excerpt: "It has been more than a joy for me to have you conduct your Symphony with my orchestra..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, August 4, 1944

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, August 4, 1944

excerpt: "There's a Steinway here, and nobody's home all day, so I've been working on the show." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, July 18, 1944

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, July 18, 1944

excerpt: "Having wonderful time. We are wind & sunburned & almost there." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, January 28, 1944

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, January 28, 1944

excerpt: "Confidentially awaiting wonderful report regarding Jerry's doing Mimo vitally concerned"

Letter from Sam Bernstein to Leonard Bernstein, April 22, 1944

Letter from Sam Bernstein to Leonard Bernstein, April 22, 1944

excerpt: "Your happy life will brighten up my own life." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, 1944

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, 1944

excerpt: "We are leaving for Chicago July 1,..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, August 18, 1944

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, August 18, 1944

excerpt: "I think we should call a halt on the AYO affair, by saying that my dates have been filled. Don't give Schatz the reasons you gave me -- just say I'm busy." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, December 4, 1944

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, December 4, 1944

excerpt: "...what a great honor and joy it was to conduct your magnificent orchestra...I would like to invite you...to be my guests at a performance of 'On the Town'..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, August 24, 1944

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, August 24, 1944

excerpt: "Everything fine and tired and gay" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, December 8, 1944

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, December 8, 1944

excerpt: "Cannot possibly come to performance Thursday 14th...but would gladly attend opening night Wednesday..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, August 9, 1944

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, August 9, 1944

excerpt: "...I have a concert in the [Hollywood] Bowl Aug. 26? Rodzinsky cancelled a date (God again); and Oscar Levant is soloist." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, August 1, 1944

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, August 1, 1944

excerpt: "Arrived safely staying with friends..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, October 31, 1945

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, October 31, 1945

excerpt: "I can't speak a word, but I'm happy" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, December 1945

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, December 1945

excerpt: "To Lenushka from S.K." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, October 7, 1945

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, October 7, 1945

excerpt: "A most wonderful perform [sic] and a very moving speech..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, December 8, 1945

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, December 8, 1945

excerpt: "Ok for AYD dinner but only for presentation..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, June 1945

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, June 1945

excerpt: "Just a word from Mexico..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, November 26, 1945

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, November 26, 1945

excerpt: "Dont let Freida forget she is working for Heinsdorf too." From: Correspondence Series

Leonard Bernstein, young conductor & musical director of New York City Symphony / World Telegram photo by Fred Palumbo.

Leonard Bernstein, young conductor & musical director of New York City...

Leonard Bernstein, partially seated on stool, facing slightly right. NYWT&S staff photograph. Forms part of: New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, January 31, 1945

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, January 31, 1945

excerpt: "...the orchestra is fine, works very responsively." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, June 6, 1945

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, June 6, 1945

excerpt: "Accept with pleasure to serve as honorary chairman Gershwin memorial" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, February 28, 1945

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, February 28, 1945

excerpt: "Could you reserve two tickets for Artur Rubenstein (for `On the Town', Natch)..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, June 24, 1945

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, June 24, 1945

excerpt: "How's the apartment? I can't wait." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, May 3, 1945

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, May 3, 1945

excerpt: "Leaving Fleischer decision in your hands am inclined not to favor..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, October 8, 1945

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, October 8, 1945

excerpt: "My heartiest wishes are with you tonight" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, May 18, 1946

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, May 18, 1946

excerpt: "Arriving TWA 1230 tuesday afternoon Prague marvelous success" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, June 29, 1946

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, June 29, 1946

excerpt: "Cheers and blessings for reopening of Tanglewood..." From: Correspondence Series

[Portrait of Leonard Bernstein, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948]

[Portrait of Leonard Bernstein, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., between...

Reference print available in Music Division, Library of Congress. Purchase William P. Gottlieb General information about the Gottlieb Collection is available at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/html/gottlieb/g... more

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, December 31, 1946

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, December 31, 1946

excerpt: "Glad to receive your letter my heart wishes go to you for success and happiness..." From: Correspondence Series

[Portrait of Leonard Bernstein in his apartment, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948]

[Portrait of Leonard Bernstein in his apartment, New York, N.Y., betwe...

Reference print available in Music Division, Library of Congress. Purchase William P. Gottlieb General information about the Gottlieb Collection is available at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/html/gottlieb/g... more

[Portrait of Leonard Bernstein, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948]

[Portrait of Leonard Bernstein, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., between...

Reference print available in Music Division, Library of Congress. Purchase William P. Gottlieb General information about the Gottlieb Collection is available at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/html/gottlieb/g... more

[Portrait of Leonard Bernstein, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948]

[Portrait of Leonard Bernstein, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., between...

Purchase William P. Gottlieb General information about the Gottlieb Collection is available at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/html/gottlieb/gottlieb-home.html Forms part of: William P. Gottlieb Collection (L... more

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, May 20, 1946

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, May 20, 1946

excerpt: "Flight delayed home wednesday inform NBC damn" From: Correspondence Series

[Portrait of Jack Lesberg and Leonard Bernstein, New York, N.Y., ca. Dec. 1946]

[Portrait of Jack Lesberg and Leonard Bernstein, New York, N.Y., ca. D...

Purchase William P. Gottlieb General information about the Gottlieb Collection is available at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/html/gottlieb/gottlieb-home.html In: "Posin'," Down Beat, v. 14, no. 14 (July 2, ... more

[Portrait of Leonard Bernstein, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948]

[Portrait of Leonard Bernstein, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., between...

Reference print available in Music Division, Library of Congress. Purchase William P. Gottlieb General information about the Gottlieb Collection is available at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/html/gottlieb/g... more

[Portrait of Jack Lesberg and Leonard Bernstein, New York, N.Y., ca. Dec. 1946]

[Portrait of Jack Lesberg and Leonard Bernstein, New York, N.Y., ca. D...

Reference print available in Music Division, Library of Congress. Purchase William P. Gottlieb General information about the Gottlieb Collection is available at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/html/gottlieb/g... more

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, October 17, 1946

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, October 17, 1946

excerpt: "Have talked to Judd agreed to leave matter to your judgment" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, June 17, 1946

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, June 17, 1946

excerpt: "First concert fine success despite bad program..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, May 7, 1946

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, May 7, 1946

excerpt: "Off to Prague everything beautiful despite bad cold" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, April 4, 1946

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, April 4, 1946

excerpt: "Four programs as follows first Portsmouth Point Appalachian Spring Shostakovich fifth second program Haydn 102 and Faust third program..." From: Correspondence Series

[Portrait of Leonard Bernstein, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948]

[Portrait of Leonard Bernstein, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., between...

Purchase William P. Gottlieb General information about the Gottlieb Collection is available at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/html/gottlieb/gottlieb-home.html Forms part of: William P. Gottlieb Collection (L... more

Letter from Sam Bernstein to Leonard Bernstein, 1946

Letter from Sam Bernstein to Leonard Bernstein, 1946

excerpt: "During the course of the Season you no doubt have quite a few spare complimentary tickets. Would you ask Helen to make a note of the following names..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Olga Koussevitzky, September 12, 1946

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Olga Koussevitzky, September 12, 1946

excerpt: "This is just a reminder of the check which you said you wanted to send for the David Diamond fund." From: Correspondence Series

[Portrait of Leonard Bernstein in his apartment, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948]

[Portrait of Leonard Bernstein in his apartment, New York, N.Y., betwe...

Reference print available in Music Division, Library of Congress. Purchase William P. Gottlieb General information about the Gottlieb Collection is available at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/html/gottlieb/g... more

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, 1947

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, 1947

excerpt: "Greatest success of my life..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, January 2, 1947

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, January 2, 1947

excerpt: "...the most exciting news of all that I have become engaged to a wonderful girl from South America named Felica Montealegre." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, January 6, 1947

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, January 6, 1947

excerpt: "I thought you would be pleased with the enclosed review from the Cincinnati Times-Star." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, October 10, 1947

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, October 10, 1947

excerpt: "Best wishes for this and many more happy seasons..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, January 9, 1947

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, January 9, 1947

excerpt: "Be sure that Rochester receives the same parts of Shostakovich that I used in September with indications for reduced brass..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, June 12, 1947

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, June 12, 1947

excerpt: "Paris Brussels wonderful successes...replacing Milstein tonight with Ravel..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, August 31, 1948

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, August 31, 1948

excerpt: "Call me..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, April 24, 1948

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, April 24, 1948

excerpt: "...call Haftel with highest recommendation for Fromme first trombone" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, August 21, 1948

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, August 21, 1948

excerpt: "arrived safe and happy four blow outs but never felt better" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, January 6, 1948

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, January 6, 1948

excerpt: "Have canceled Mexico...decision on Europe will wait..." From: Correspondence Series

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