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arrived--with Audrey, with the Duchess
of Kent and Adele Astaire and Bill Rollo
and Ali Khan and his first wife, and I
think Bill Donovan. The Duke of Kent
came later. Bill had flown on the first
commercial transatlantic flight to
Europe. I asked him about whether there
would be a war and he said there would
be none. This was July 4, 1939.
Margaret Sanger had given me a letter of
introduction to H.G. Wells. I asked him
to come to see me at Audrey's house, and
he asked me to dine at his house
instead. He was charming, quite old. I
remember the people there were Mr. and
Mrs. Tom Lamont and the Priestleys and
the charming old countess who was a
great friend of his.
J. B. Priestley?
Do you recall the conversation?
I don't recall the conversation, except that I
wanted very much to meet Freud who was
living in London at the time, and I
asked H. G. Wells if he would arrange
it, and he said he would try to but I
think he let me know later that he was
too ill. Freud was then dying of cancer
of the throat. He died about two months
later, so I had never met him.
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