The letters and document concern the house Copland purchased from William Hitchcock. Copland’s TLS reads in part, “Sorry about the fire insurance mix-up….” He then explains the reason for a “difference in money” and asks, “Does it boil down to when I made myself liable for the insurance on the house….” He signs, “Aaron.” He wrote the letter from his new home in Ossining. The other two items involve Copland’s purchase of his home. Copland’s note on the letter from William Yates, the president of “The Bank for Savings of Ossining,” reads, “I wrote Mr. Yates that I had turned his letter over to you.” He signs with initials, “A.C.” This letter contained the bank’s approval for the mortgage Copland had applied for. The document included is the “Contract of Sale” agreement between Copland and Hitchcock. Copland has signed the contract in full and initialed it 12 times.
Copland lived in Shady Lane Farm, his Ossining home until 1960 and composed his opera, “The Tender Land” there. Shortly after he moved in, Senator Joseph McCarthy accused him of being a Communist. Copland testified before the Senate Committee that he was never a member of the Communist Party. An engaging group of autographs on Copland’s personal life.