December 19, 1948
Mr. Raymond F. Blosser
New York Central System
466 Lexington Avenue
New York 17, N. Y.
Dear Mr. Blosser:
Would you do a favor for a faithful fan of the New York Central and send me one of your railroad calendars for the coming year? The one you gave me last year has served as an inspiration, hanging here on the wall of my office while I write my railroad novel, and I will miss it next month, so I would love to have a new one.
I would have finished my new novel by now if it were not for the interruption which I had to make in order to write the screenplay for the film version of THE FOUNTAINHEAD. But I am back at work on my railroad story now and hope to finish it some time in 1949. I have just completed the sequence which involves a ride in the cab of an engine—and I am glad to say that when you read it in print, you will find I have done justice to your courtesy in letting me ride in that engine a year ago.
With my best wishes for the New Year,