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Letter: Jacksonville, Florida to Ben Stein, Macon, Georgia, 1927 July 12


author: Morris, I. A.
extent: [2] p.
date: July 12, 1927
summary: Letter from Florida-based boxing promoter I. A. Morris to Douglass Theatre manager Ben Stein, dated July 12, 1927, negotiating terms for a proposed boxing match at the Douglass Theatre. The letter refers to terms which Stein offered to Morris' boxing manager, Joe Jennings (see [dbr002] of the Douglass Theatre Web site). Morris expresses his desire to exhibit his fighters in Macon, but argues that he is dissatisfied with the terms of the match because he feels he is assuming all of the risk in the venture. He counsels Stein that boxing in a new region will not show immediate profits, but that perseverence will pay. Morris argues for new terms by projecting profits and detailing the cost of transportation and housing for his fighters.
repository: Middle Georgia Archives
collection: Charles Henry Douglass business records
box: 19
folder: 156
item: 7

subjects:
Stein, Ben
Jennings, Joe, boxing manager
Macon (Ga.)
Bibb County (Ga.)
Douglass Theatre (Macon, Ga.)
Sports promoters--Florida
Arenas--Georgia--Macon
African American boxers--Georgia--Macon
Boxing--Georgia--Macon
Boxing matches--Georgia--Macon
Professional sports contracts--Georgia--Macon
Entertainment events--Georgia--Macon
Letters (correspondence)




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[Note: This document contains handwritten and printed text.]
[Note: The letterhead is framed by a decorative border with two crests depicting a castle and a lion.]

[printed text:
CORAL GABLES
Miami Riviera
40 Miles of Water Front [Waterfront]
GEORGE E. MERRICK
DISTRICT OFFICE
I. A. MORRIS
DISTRICT MANAGER
214 WEST FORSYTH STREET
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA]
[written text: July 12/27
Mr Stein
Douglass Theatre
Macon Ga [Georgia]
Dear Mr Stern

your letter recieved [received] and Contence [contents] noted now Mr Stern I Realy [really] like to come to Macon and show my boys there But under the Secombstances [Circumstances] all of the chances are up to me with your future advantages you must -- Realize this fact and that: Boxing in a new terrytory [territory] has not got to Be a paying Proposision [Proposition] in you [your] first few fights But if you has the fighting Buisness [Business] Grit and can take as much as you give it




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it will Soon Be a paying profesision [profession] But has got to take an Even Brake [Break] chance now I am takeing [taking] a Gamble with you you [your] house cant do on your fist [first] show moore [more] than three Hundred Dollars now to give this show its going to cost me transpotation [transportation] for 2 men going and comeing [coming] approximately 30.00
Boarding -- 800
Sleeping600
[unclear text: Sunndry]2000
[unclear text: prelinery]600

fifty per cent [percent] of 25000 will pay me 125 00 paying off up to the pincipal [principal] will Cost me 77.00 and 28 00 left for the 2 Prncipls [Principals]]