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- 1916 April 21 (Creation)
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H.L. Loucks congratulates R.F. Pettigrew on his recent political fight, saying that Pettigrew gathered a substantial victory. Loucks also mentions his manuscript, the leaflet of Pettigrew's, and the potential publisher of both manuscripts. State primaries are coming and Loucks hope to circumvent any voting too far away from their party lines.
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Hon. R. F. Pettigrew,
Sioux Falls S. Dak.
I watched your Sioux Falls fight with a great deal of interest, and considering the opposition you had, you gained a substantial victory. I think now that if you had tackled only one of them, you might have won. You offered them too much in their present state of crowded prosperity.
I am making rather slow progress with my manuscript. The typewriter is old, and I have been bothered a good deal with head-aches, so I cannot put in full time, but I hope, two or three weeks more will complete all I will do now.
I am enclosing the last chapter of Rural Credits.
I want you to go over it close, to give me a review for advertising.
And I would like to have them all back to send to Tom Watson, to see what he thinks about it.
I thought that I had secured a Publisher by the firm that is publishing the “KING OF THE MONEY KINGS” in Chicago, have you read it?
It is a very strong book on our lines, and the author when learning of my proposed book and reading a little of the M. S. or rather the pamphlet you published, wanted that part as an appendix. And later to publish my work as a sequal and I thought that I had that provided for, but the author and publisher have locked horns over the present contract and I do not want to wait for a settlement. I want mine out if possible for the farmers summer meetings.
I think I noticed that Mark Scott did work of that kind. Do you know if he is equipped for such work.
I am geting figures here, but their equipment is poor.
Some months ago I sent you a cliping from the Daily News of the work that was being done in Chicago, by a daughter of Mr. Crane of whom I am sure you know, with a request that you look her up when in Chicago.
I have forgotten the name and I wrote requesting its return, if you still had it. I somehow think that she is interested in the publication of the new book.
Now that your little scrap is over, I wish that you would look up one of my letters referring to State matters. We should get a call out before the primary, in hopes of keeping some of the voters away from them.
I have been doing no correspondence, except what has been neccessary in connection with my book, and cannot for a few weeks more.
I would like the manuscript at your early convenience.
H. L. Loucks
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