Octave Chanute to Wilbur Wright

Chicago, April 13, 1908

I have your letter of 8th and I congratulate you upon your French arrangement. 500,000 frs. cash and one half founders' shares seem to me preferable to the hope of a sale to the government.

I think that you are very wise in beginning your practice as soon as possible, and I had an impression that Kitty Hawk would be selected as being both secluded and near to Washington.

I see in L' Aerophile that you have bought 7 French motors of 40 H.P. each, and I hope that they will give you full satisfaction.

I leave here next Wednesday (15th) for New York to try to collect some money from a railway for ties treated. I may possibly go on to Washington, and if it should chance that I can be of service there please command me. You can reach me by letter or telegraph at the Century Club, 7 West 43d St., on the 16th & 17th. I have not determined upon a hotel.

[P.S.] Will keep confidential your French arrangement unless you desire me to make it known.

Wilbur Wright to Octave Chanute, July 10, 1908