Octave Chanute to Wilbur Wright

Chicago, August 25, 1908

I have been much gratified in reading from day to day of your successes and triumphs in France, and it is pleasant to learn that frank admiration has succeeded distrust. I hope that no untoward accident or incident will retard your final success.

I have a letter from Captain A. Hildebrandt, Kirchstrasse 2, Charlottenburg, near Berlin, Germany, who asks me to give him a letter of introduction to you, so that you may invite him to see some of your experiments. You will remember that Captain Hildebrandt, who came to the United States last October with the German aeronauts, went to Dayton to investigate and wrote a number of articles in German periodicals expressing absolute faith in all your statements. I think that he can be trusted to keep to himself anything that you may want to keep secret.

[P.S.] I enclose his address.

Octave Chanute to Wilbur Wright, August 25, 1908