Wilbur Wright to Octave Chanute

Dayton, August 2, 1903

Your letters of 27th and 28th ult. are at hand. We thank you for striking out of your Revue article the sentence relating to steering. You have, however, entirely mistaken the ground of our objection to it. The trouble was not that it gave away our secrets, but that it attributed to us ancient methods which we do not use. We could not propose a substitute without going into matters we think it safest to keep out of print for the present. But for the fact that the article was submitted to us in advance of publication and might therefore be considered as approved by us, I should not have considered it necessary to mention any of the matters which I called attention to.

Captain Ferber need have no fears that we are offended at his patriotism. If we had facilities for entertaining him, and nothing but gliding on the program, and four months instead of less than two in our season, he would have been very welcome. I return the photographs, which are quite interesting.1

1 See n. 6, Chanute to Wilbur Wright, June 30, 1903; and n. 4, Chanute to Wilbur Wright, July 28, 1903.

Octave Chanute to Wilbur Wright, August 17, 1903