Hanging in the Indiana University Mathematics Lounge is a letter dated November 16, 1948 written to Max Zorn from Nicolas Bourbaki and cc'd to André Weil.
I am glad to be able to inform you that the American Consulate in Paris has now granted me a visa, and that I have booked passages, for my wife and myself, which should just enable us to reach Columbus, Ohio, in time for my scheduled talk to the Association for Symbolic Logic.Perhaps the AMS rejected his application on the technicality that Bourbaki did not actually exist as a person, he was just a pseudonym for a collection of French mathematicians writing a series of books on modern mathematics.
At the same time, I must say that I have learnt with no little surprise the rejection, on technical grounds which I do not understand, of my application for membership in the American Mathematical Society. Under such circumstances, it will be clear to you that I cannot but decline your kind invitation to attend a dinner which, I believe, is chiefly sponsored by that Society.
Bourbaki did have an invited paper presented at the ASL Meeting in Columbus on December 31. Weil, one of the founders of the Bourbaki group, presented the paper at the conference.
If the same kind of story happened today would we hang a framed email on the wall?