[On 11 May, Allen & Unwin told Tolkien that they had interested 'one of the outstanding firms of American publishers' in The Hobbit, and said that this firm 'would like a number of further illustrations in colour and suggested employing good American artists'. Allen & Unwin, however, thought 'it would be better if all the illustrations were from your hand'.]
… It might be advisable, rather than lose the American interest, to let the Americans do what seems good to them – as long as it was possible (I should like to add) to veto anything from or influenced by the Disney studios (for all whose works I have a heartfelt loathing)….
J. R. R. Tolkien
Letter no. 13, 13 May 1937, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien