Octave Chanute to Wilbur Wright

Chicago, April 15, 1904

I have your letters of 10th & 14th, and the clippings returned by you. Thanks. I mail separately the February number of Moedebeck's journal. I undertook to have an abstract made for you of the article on Herring, page 54, but the translator made such a mess that I send you the original. I think Herring is mainly endeavoring to find a financial backer. It will be very well for you to expose Willey when you have occasion to describe your 1903 machine, but my idea was that he might have made himself liable to a criminal prosecution for forgery. I now intend to interview a lawyer about it, and will advise you of the result.

I am glad to learn that your new machine is now approaching completion. I see by the French papers that Archdeacon of Paris has a gliding machine completed and is about to test it on some sand hills near the seacoast at Berck, south of Boulogne. I hope that nobody will be hurt.

I mail a letter just received for you from England.

Octave Chanute to Wilbur Wright, April 17, 1904