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  • I bought this letter at a flea market in Manhattan on a recent rainy Sunday. From my quick research, it appears to have been written in 1965 from Milan by an auto exec involved in the waning days of Rootes, the British car company, whose development of the Imp model line--a response to BMC's Mini--led to its eventual demise after the death of Lord William Edward Rootes.

    What else can you read from this? Who do you think it was written to?

    Some choice lines from the letter:

    "You never answered my letter of the 2nd or 3rd when I first broke news of the London affair. I needed your sympathy then, but you never responded, unless your letter lost it's[sic] way."

    "When I'm in London. I love it there. When I'm in Milan, I love it here. The only thing I love about New York is YOU."

    "I've handed back Italy and Switzerland to Colliers, and now in the process of closing the office. What a fuck'n beating I took here."

    "I still haven't told Mom everything, so don't discuss it with her."

    "Let's hope everything turns out for the best. Whatever will be--will be. Don't worry baby."

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