November 25, 1949
Mr. Suren Pilafian
Pilafian and Montana Architects
153 East Elizabeth Street
Detroit 1, Michigan
Dear Mr. Pilafian:
It is with deep regret that I must tell you, in answer to your nice invitation, that I will be unable to come to Detroit this winter to address the Detroit Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. I am now working on a new novel, which I must complete by the Fall of 1950 and this makes it impossible for me to undertake any other assignment until that time.
I would like you to know that I appreciate most profoundly your invitation and your saying that I had contributed substantially to the welfare of the architectural profession. If I have, I feel very happy and proud of it—since you probably know, from my novel, the deep respect and admiration which I feel for architects.
When I finish my new novel I will go to New York and I might be able to stop off in Detroit if it will not be too late by then for your purpose. I will be glad to get in touch with you at that time, which will be about a year from now.