Penlee near Dartmouth 28.8.1918
Dear Dr Marie Aylmer Maude [author of The Life of Tolstoy] has lent me your book on Married Love which I failed to get in London from, I suppose, shortage of paper. It is the best thing of its kind I have read.
I do not write merely to give that not very surprising opinion. I want some information which you can perhaps give me. Among my friends is a married couple. The woman wants a baby. The man in consequence of a rupture is impotent.
The reason seems to be inconclusive he is to normal appearance a normal virile person and I suspect that in competent medical hands the difficulty could be removed. The only specialists I can name are in America. To whom should he go in London ?
Your study of the subject must have brought you in to communication with such specialists. ever G Bernard Shaw
[Reproduced with permission of The Society of Authors, on behalf of the Bernard Shaw Estate.]