Wilbur Wright to Octave Chanute

Dayton, June 3, 1905

I neglected to answer your inquiry regarding the Standard Encyclopedia. If the matter must be sent to press soon, it is not probable that we would be willing to furnish a picture of the power machine, nor a detailed description of its construction, with exact data of its size, power, screws, &c. We would have no objection to a statement, that the power machine is somewhat similar in appearance to the 1902 glider; its weight without operator or passenger nearly 700 lbs., and with full load about 1,000 lbs.; its power a gasoline motor; its speed 40 miles an hour in still air, and from 20 to 60 miles an hour in a wind. If you should think of any other points which you think unobjectionable, we will be pleased to advise you concerning them. Regarding the performances of the machine there is no embargo that occurs to us now.

We thank you for the copy of the Montgomery advertising pamphlet. Do you consider the part signed by Mr. Montgomery a bona fide article, or is it a deliberate bit of charlatanism? It surprised me very much.

Octave Chanute to Wilbur Wright, June 6, 1905