Octave Chanute to Wilbur Wright

Chicago, March 20, 1908

I received your letter of 8th a few days ago upon my return from New Orleans and I am glad to have a clearer understanding of your attitude towards the McClure article.

Mr. Means wrote to me: "Have you seen the article by George Turner in the Feb'y McClure? That contains what seems to me a very strong plea for financial encouragements to the Wrights." A friend in Kansas City sends me the enclosed cut, which will probably amuse you.1

I thank you for the copy of your patent & the pamphlets. I am glad to learn that you are taking out more patents. You may remember that I suggested this three years ago, and I am especially pleased to know that the work on parts for new machines is almost finished, as I believe that the first demonstrations should take place in this country. How soon will you be enabled to proceed to preliminary trials and adjustments, and how are you going to secure privacy in doing it? I am hoping to be able to go to Europe this summer and endeavoring to arrange my wood preserving business with that view.

1 Clipping not found.

Wilbur Wright to Octave Chanute, April 8, 1908