Benton writes a friendly letter discussing the authenticity of a painting bought by his friend’s son. "Dear Irwin, There is a rather famous picture of Queen Elizabeth which corresponds somewhat to the description of the one your son purchased. I have forgotten the name of the artist but he was undoubtedly one of the fashionable ones of her time. Anyhow, many copies have been made of this painting. It has long been popular. I rather suspect your son bought one of these copies. If you send me a photograph I can probably find out where the original Queen Elizabeth painting hangs. You could not buy it, for sure, for $4,000. I am just about to leave here for sculpture. I expect to be returned to Kansas City (3616 Belleview Ave, K.C. MO) about the middle of December. Why don’t you write me there! Do you still play the piano? Who was that old fairy you studied with in Carthage? I think he came to an unhappy end. I’ve lost his name. Write me a letter about yourself around the first of the new year….” Signed, “Cordially Tom”.