American aviation pioneer.
Typewritten Letter Signed Orville Wright, one page, quarto, Dayton, Ohio, April 3, 1938. On his name-imprinted stationery, to Fred L. Black at the Edison Institute in Dearborn, Michigan.
“I received this morning, Sunday, the following cable from Mr. Brewer: ‘I find your kindness irresistible. Sailing Europa, Thursday, arriving New York, Tuesday, 12th. Will come Dayton next train. Please accept Mr. Ford’s very kind invitation on my behalf. Griff.’ In my cable to Mr. Brewer I said nothing about the subject for his address, the amount of time, nor the fact that the speech would have to be written, because it is to go over the radio. I believe Brewer’s acceptance completes your speaking program. If not, I would suggest that [Vilmar] Stefansson be asked to give a talk on the Wright brothers’ contribution to Arctic and other exploration. Stefansson and Brewer are now very close friends. Their acquaintance came about through me. If you are assigning a subject for Mr. Brewer, I would like to know what the subject is, and at what time his manuscript would have to be in your hands.”
Griffith Brewer was the first Englishman to be taken up in the Wright Flyer. He and Orville Wright were friends and made an annual pilgrimage to Hawthorn Hill in the spring.
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