Jamaica, NY, May 16, 1950.
In full: "Dear Ed, All set to go before this week is out, thanks to quick action of Messrs. Brierly & White. Justin's letter made an impressive splash in the ofice, particularly about my book dying an unnnatural death. Eugene Reynal frowned over it considerable. I ought to arrive Denver Sunday or Monday depending on fare arrangements. Don't worry about my arrival I know just what to do---if in the middle of the night, I'll go to the Windsor or walk the streets or hang out in the bus station; if daytime, I'll go to So. Ogden and knock on the door of your ranchito. Oil up the boms of Denver! I just sold a story to Neurotica (because I like the editor, a friend) for the express purpose of buying 500 beers for everybody in a single routing, bruiting night---to begin festivities with. Tom the Guinea, as I wrote Justin, has to study till June, and may come along in my wake, as I hope he will. Till next week." Signed "Jack" with a couple of small emendations in Kerouac's hand. Ed White was a fellow Columbia University undergraduate in the '40s where he met Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac and was an influence on their spontaneous prose style when he suggested to Kerouac: "Why don't you just sketch in the street, like a painter but with words." Later, Ed White appeared as the character Tim Gray in On the Road. A desirable early card from pre-fame Kerouac to a close friend who was part of the trip immortalized in On the Road. Fine.