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- 1916 February 22 (Creation)
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H.L. Loucks responds to the R.F. Pettigrew and expresses sorrow for the current condition of Mrs. Pettigrew. Loucks also returns to his manuscript in speaking about how he wishes to take his time to write his statements and that Pettigrew may read and revise at his leisure, as there is no imminent reason that Loucks manuscript must be ready.
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Hon. R. F. Pettigrew,
Sioux Falls S. Dak.
My dear Pettigrew,
Yours of the 19th just received. I am very sorry indeed to learn of Mrs. Pettigrews condition. I have often remarked to Mrs. Loucks of your devotion to her for the past several years, during her affliction. You will always be glad that you were in a position to give her so much of your personal attention.
There is no hurry as [to] my manuscript. I find the revision slow work all by myself, with new illustrations coming to mind as I rewrite and then too, I feel that when completed, that it will in due time for recognition from the higher ups, and I must be careful, that my statements will stand the test. Unlike some, I am not satisfied to write offhand. I must wait until the spirit moves me to concentrate on some particular line, if I am to do my best. Then I want to use up to date current men and events, if I hope to catch the public mind.
Just lay the manuscript aside to take up when you have the leisure. I am not considering them in the way they may finally be assembled, and parts of one may later be added to another, some parts ommitted, and others added to. Just make your notations on a separate slip and attach to each topic, and it will help me I am sure.
I find that there is a general disposition for a revolt among so many of the old timers that should be gathered together, but I cannot keep up the correspondence and do this other work, but I try to do a little. I think that we should plan for a state conference, or convention the latter part of June, about ten days or two weeks after the Democratic convention. There will be a lot of dissatisfied people, then.
I received the leaflet. I thot that you meant the whole address.
This was just the latter part, or conclusion of the address. I would be very glad to have some for distribution. Sincerely,
H. L. Loucks