FINCA VIGIA, SAN FRANCISCO DE PAULA, CUBA
November 5 1952
Dear Miss Johnson:
I am very sorry that I cannot give you permission to re-publish "On the Blue Water," which first appeared in the April 1936 issue of Esquire. There is one book by me about the sea on sale at present and have no wish to saturate the public.
For your future information I would never be interested in re-printing anything, ever, anywhere, for the fee you name.
With best wishes,
Yours very truly,
(Signed, 'Ernest Hemingway')
We offered $600