1931 March 10. "Dick" [Richard Evelyn Byrd] TLS to James B[urton] Pond; Jacksonville, Florida.
Sending "constructive suggestions" after having experienced "failure after failure" on his lecture tour. Attributes failures to "auspices" failing to do their jobs and their general ignorance relating to advertising and selling tickets. Describes his experience in West Palm Beach, Florida, noting the lecture's success despite local distress related to bank failures and hurricanes. Attributes success to his personal pressure on the auspice to have a "ticket-selling campaign." Threatens to cancel the lecture tour if improvements are not made in selling tickets and using loud speakers. Sent an earlier letter "regarding moving picture machines."