Jerome W. Archer 5 August 1957
- Subject: Discussion of the invitation to visit the Marquette University the following spring.
- Publication: A description of the letters, and quotation from the second letter, appeared in The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: Chronology.
- Archive: Marquette University.
Continuous over-work since 1951 has begun to tell on me; and I am feeling rather exhausted. I have recently been ill; and I am obliged to cancel plans travel this vacation. [...] Leave of absence will, however, I hope, enable me to clear off before next spring some of the things that are now harassing me; and I am now making preliminary plans for the use of the time, and am trying to fix some dates.
—J.R.R. Tolkien, Second letter to Jerome W. Archer (5 August 1957)