Dear Ben [Shipman]-
In reply to yours of the 6th.inst. re Ruth. I absolutely will not allow her to go [to] the Ranch - She deserted it three times during a period of four months - no there is no reason for her wanting to return. She has plenty of homes of her own - let her share them amongst her!
Re - a settlement of a lump sum was never ever discussed by her to me at any time anywhere - as I told you in my last - Her conversation on the Phone here was to the effect that she was anxious to go to Las Vegas & you wouldn't make the arrangements - & would the Five percent still stand good - which I agreed to, also to take her Girl Friend a Miss Thelma Black to keep her company.
Re - the House she says I wanted her to buy - I absolutely didn't know anything about. She bought that after we were divorced. I had nothing whatsoever to do with it at the present time. I don't feel I am in a position to make any lump sum settlement & prefer to have the agreement as is unless the settlement would be a very reasonable amount which is very difficult to determine. This is all I have to say on the matter Ben.