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WRIGHT, Orville (1871-1948). Autograph letter signed (“Orville Wright”), Lambert Island, Pentang, Ontario, 16 July 1923. 2 pages, 4to, on his personal letterhead. Very fine.

WRIGHT, Orville (1871-1948). Autograph letter signed (“Orville Wright”), Lambert Island, Pentang, Ontario, 16 July 1923. 2 pages, 4to, on his personal letterhead. Very fine.

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WRIGHT, Orville (1871-1948). Autograph letter signed (“Orville Wright”), Lambert Island, Pentang, Ontario, 16 July 1923. 2 pages, 4to, on his personal letterhead. Very fine.

An uncommon handwritten letter from Orville Wright inviting his most trusted journalist and confidant to spend time at the Wright family’s summer retreat on Georgian Bay: “Camp is ready for you at any time now that best suits your convenience. If you should decide to come within a week, telegraph me; if later, a letter will do. We sometimes do not get mail for seven or eight days, but a telegram will reach us promptly. Tell Mrs. Findley this is a very rough place and good clothes will only be a bother here. We are on an island by ourselves, with our nearest neighbors over a half mile away.”

After counseling Findley on the ins and outs of travel from New York to Midland, Ontario, on the shore of Georgian Bay, he advises him: “It is well to have shoes with rubber soles and heels; rubber heels are almost a necessity. The evenings are generally cool; we often have a little fire. Clothes for comfort and not for style up here!” Comfort was a relative term apparently. Recalling another visit he made to Georgian Bay with the Wrights, Findley observed that although Orville spent the large part of an entire day working on a tool shed, after personally preparing breakfast (and later lunch and dinner), he wore “an immaculate white shirt, with a high collar, and French cuffs.” And in a demonstration of Findley and Wright’s blossoming relationship, Wright adds a friendly ‘dig,’ offering that “Since there is another in our office that can write in your style your absence will not be noticed by your readers!”

Reference: Findley, Earl N., "The Wrights and the Reporter," The Bee-Hive, Vol. 28 (Spring 1953), 25-29.


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