Letter: H.L. Loucks to R.F. Pettigrew, May 15, 1916

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MA 23 | B01-F04-I09

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  • 1916 May 15 (Creation)


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H.L. Loucks writes to R.F. Pettigrew about the status current politics in terms of calling a national convention. Loucks also mentions a Mrs. A. Burgess, the daughter of a Mr. Crane, who is interested in reviewing the manuscript which Loucks continues to write.

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May 15th.
Hon. R. F. Pettigrew,
Chicago Ill.

My dear friend,

Not having heard from you, I judged that you was absent and gave the call to a local man here to send out to his string of paper Saturday, but I doubt that any of them will publish it.

I was very sure that you would approve, but decide to not wait, as I thought in all fairness to ourselves, that we would show, that it made no difference to us which faction won, it was all the same to Morgans.

I heard Ryan here, and Oh what an exhibition of statesmanship?.

If nominated, he will be an easy man to beat.

I heard Richards, in fact at his urgent request introduced him.

He made a splendid address, and a good impression, but he has made a bad mistake in making a campaign against the two constitutional amendments.

But this letter was started for another purpose, and I hope that it will reach you in time, before leaving Chicago.

As I have written you, there is a movement on there for the organization of a Government Sound Money Party. I got in touch with the [pride] movers thru trying to set a Publisher for my book.

Mrs. A [Burges], a very talented woman, and I somehow think that it was she of whom I wrote you last Fall or early winter, to try to see when you was in Chicago.

If I am right in my surprise, she is a daughter of Mr. Crane of whom I am sure you know.

They were just about to launch their call for a National Convention when we got in touch, and I urge a postponement, that it might be a mere representative call than of Chicago alone, or a call that would convey that impression.

I sent you a copy of their proposed call, but you was too busy with your local fight.

I sent her a carbon copy of most of my M. S. and she is very enthusiastic over it, and is going to help push it as soon as published.

She wanted us to prepare the national call, but I am trying to finish my M. S. and get it out of the way.

I am under the impression, that they lack political experience.

In fact they admit it, and are very anxious for my help.

I have consented to go after two or three weeks, when they can defray my expenses, but cannot otherwise.

When that call is issued I want your name to it as well as mine.

What I want you to do before you leave Chicago, if you get this in time, is to be sure to call at their office. They have rented an office for headquarters at [Reed 408-50] East VanBuren Street. And inquire for Mrs. A. Burgess. She will know of you, for I have mentioned your name in several of my letters.

From my correspondence, I think that she is a wonderful woman.

You can give them some good advice.

I will not take up the State matters, at this time as I want to get this off by first mail.

Sincerely yours,

H. L. Loucks

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MA 23 H.L. Loucks Correspondence with R.F. Pettigrew Box 1 Folder 4 Item 9

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