To James S. Hunt, Florida real-estate developer [Letter 484]

Item Reference Code: 140_H4x_013_001

Date(s) of creation

January 26, 1962


James S. Hunt


In a fan letter, James Hunt invited AR to Ft. Lauderdale for a personal meeting at his expense, after reading a reprint of the “Money Speech” from Atlas Shrugged. Hunt wrote: “Inasmuch as I do not read (I can, however) I am not familiar with your name.”

January 26, 1962

Mr. James S. Hunt
Coral Ridge Properties
716 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Dear Mr. Hunt:

Your letter of January 9 just crossed my desk. Inasmuch as I do not patronize resort hotels (I can, however), I am unable to accept your gracious invitation.

I would travel farther than Florida to meet someone who really wanted to meet my mind. But my mind is available on any drugstore or news-stand counter, at prices ranging from 50¢ to 95¢. The 95¢ economy size is the best buy. It took me thirteen years to write it, so I could not possibly give you its equivalent in a week or two. Considering what that week or two would cost you, I—as an admirer of Free Enterprise and of businessmen—would not want to cause you to make such a poor investment.



Ayn Rand