GETTY, JEAN PAUL.  1892-1976. 12 Autograph Letters Signed ("Paul"), 48 pp recto and verso, 8vo and 12mo (many conjoining leaves), various places including Hong Kong, Berkeley, Oxford, London and Tulsa, June 15, 1912 to October 27, 1933,

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GETTY, JEAN PAUL. 1892-1976.
12 Autograph Letters Signed ("Paul"), 48 pp recto and verso, 8vo and 12mo (many conjoining leaves), various places including Hong Kong, Berkeley, Oxford, London and Tulsa, June 15, 1912 to October 27, 1933,

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GETTY, JEAN PAUL. 1892-1976.
12 Autograph Letters Signed ("Paul"), 48 pp recto and verso, 8vo and 12mo (many conjoining leaves), various places including Hong Kong, Berkeley, Oxford, London and Tulsa, June 15, 1912 to October 27, 1933, most to his father, a few to both parents and one to his mother, on various letterheads, the bulk written 1912-1913 as he was touring Asia and later studying at Oxford, minor thumbing throughout; WITH: ALS of his father George Getty to J. Paul, July 16, 1926, discussing the younger man's divorce; a 1912 telegram from the senior Getty to J. Paul; and 2 TLSs of the Secretary of the Interior to the senior Getty, 1915, regarding the leasing of oil and gas fields on public lands.

J. PAUL GETTY WRITES HOME TO HIS PARENTS TO COMPLAIN ABOUT HIS ALLOWANCE. This correspondence begins in June of 1912, as J. Paul Getty, writing from Hong Kong in the midst of a tour of Asia, confesses to his father that his traveler's checks have gone missing, and can more funds be sent to see him home to California. He also complains about the summer Hong Kong heat: "Oklahoma is frigid compared to this." By August of that year he is at Berkeley continuing his studies. A letter dated August 30 begins with the younger man angry at his father for refusing to pay his tuition bills: "I have not nor will not pay my college fees ... If a check for $25.50 isn't here by Monday I shall leave the university." A few days later, he writes another bitter letter to his father complaining about the state of his car that has just been shipped to him with 500 more miles on it than when he left. Who has been racing it, he wonders?
In November of 1912 Getty traveled to England to attend classes at Oxford, even though he was not formally accepted to the university. Nonetheless, in a letter dated December 5, he reports that he has gone through a matriculation ceremony at Oxford: "I signed a register, was tapped on the head with a Bible, and from that moment was a full-fledged Oxonian." He complains bitterly in this letter and the next of the slowness of his parents' letters and the insufficiency of his allowance, going so far as to make all sorts of threats against his father. Between the 12th and the 13th, however, a letter with funds arrived, and Paul writes on the 14th of December: "I'm afraid I wrote you somewhat in haste." The next letter complains about the size of his room, the bitterness of the winter, and (as always), the cost of everything. He wallows in self-pity, crying to his parents, "You are the only true friends I have, though perhaps I err in this...."
By June of the next year the younger Getty has completed his studies and passed his exams, and writes of an intended trip to Germany first and then by steamer to South America. The correspondence skips ahead seven years, and the letter from 1920 to his father is written not in the tone of an aggrieved teenager, but that of a confident businessman, as he sends a series of directions regarding his various interests.
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