Octave Chanute to Wilbur Wright

Chicago, November 24, 1905

I have your letter of 20th and also the pamphlets & clippings returned.

The fact that information concerning your doings emanates from Washington (Gilson Gardner, Bell, Manly) suggests to me the surmise that the War Department, or perhaps Prof. Langley, has had a man to visit Dayton to pick up information, and has leaked as to the results.

I think that you are now at the mercy of any enterprising newspaper as to your performances, but that you can preserve your secrets of construction.

I shall avail of your leave to no longer keep secret the results of your experiments by advising Wenham confidentially, but will not volunteer information to others.

Did you tell Ferber on what terms you would show and sell your invention?

I have been invited to join the Aero Club in New York; have you?

You have not answered my question as to how far, in your judgment, following surfaces like Montgomery's should be placed to avoid interference.

Wilbur Wright to Octave Chanute, December 4, 1905