Letter: R.F. Pettigrew to H.L. Loucks, March 14, 1916

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MA 23 | B01-F08-I04

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  • 1916 March 14 (Creation)


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R.F. Pettigrew writes H.L. Loucks stating his intent to read Loucks' manuscript. Pettigrew also states to Loucks that Pearson's Magazine would be a beneficial place to submit his articles. Pettigrew mentions that now would be an opportune time to begin working towards a constitutional convention in South Dakota with hopes of amending the current constitution.

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R. F. Pettigrew
Sioux Falls, S. D.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Mar. 14, 1916.

H. L. Loucks,
Watertown, S. D.

My Dear Friend:-

I have just received your last letter and the manuscript. I am going to read it with care.

It seems to me you are doing good work and that Pearson’s magazine will publish your articles and pay you something for it if you can put them into form of a magazine article. Do you ever read Pearson’s. If you do not read it you should read it because it is about the only magazine in America that is not owned by the interests and has not sold its virtue for cash. I will write Pearson today. Perhap s you had also better write them. Their address is 425 East 24th St. ,New York City. You might address Arthur W? Little. He and his brother own Pearson and they publish the magazine as a protest against existing conditions.

I note you say you would like a few copies of the leaflet. Well I sent you more than a hundred more than a week ago, and I will send you some more today.

I note what you say about Richards, and I consider his fight the greatest nonsense ever heard of. If he would take up the issues you represent and spend his money on that or upon the single tax, he would do some good. I told him the supreme court would not take jurisdiction of his case before he ever commenced the case.

I want to begin agitation in favor of the constitutional convention in South Dakota. I believe we vote on it this year. I consider it of great importance. I want to amend the constitution of South Dakota so that we can engage in internal improvements so that the state can engage in anything it wants to engage in. I wonder what scoundrel put in our constitution the provision prohibiting the state from engaging in internal improvements. I suppose it was some damn lawyer for they are always working for the corporations and the thieves and never working for the people. No lawyer believes the people capable of self government and look upon them with contempt.

I will try and give these public questions a little more attention than I have been doing, and will write you what I think about the manuscript you have just sent.

Yours truly,

R. F. Pettigrew

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MA 23 H.L. Loucks Correspondence with R.F. Pettigrew Box 1 Folder 8 Item 4

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