Typescript letter signed to Beaton.

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Profoundly wishes he had got Beaton's letter yesterday morning. Has seldom been so impressed: Beaton is "extraordinary" and "superior". Is struck by his "fineness of character" and "fundamental tolerance". Criticism of anything he writes himself is "like a red hot iron". He couldn't say yesterday what anguish it caused him to write. Admires Beaton's determination not to be defeated. It is a great test of affection and he is very grateful. Wishes he could do more for him. All he can do it seems is "deliver a knock-out as you say between the eyes". Thanks Beaton for his remarkable letter which he will always keep.

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