Jelly Roll Morton, Inventor Of Jazz, Online Book by Alan Lomax

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Los Angeles. Calif, Nov. 18, 1940, My darling Mabel,
I am here in L.A. I am going to trv to make some money so I can send you home (Xew Orleans} ? then I know you will be okeh. I would not think of leaving you in that cruel city . . . The weather is warm here and I feel some better. Even mv eyesight have im-proved a bit ... I will try and see if I can start mak­ing; a drive some wav. . . .
Yours as ever,
Los Angeles, Calif. Nov. 20th Hello Angel
Tell Miss H----■----- when she asks for me, that 1
went out of town with some musicians to see if 1 could plan some way to put a band to work. I will never be satisfied holding my hands doing nothing, because I like to make my own living and, furthermore, 1 want to make some money so 1 can pay that back even though they don t expect it ... I intend to pay my garage bill, but I want him to pay the damages he did to me, so it will be even.
My godfather told me of many diamonds that my godmother left—all was stolen and not one left. Some of their friends told me the same thing, too,
1 am glad you have a nice room and are satisfied. I will try to send you to X. O. as soon as I can get hold of some money, (but) things seem very slow here like New York. Be careful what you say or do.
Much love & success, Ferd.