Letter 066, pg. 1
To DeWitt Emery
September 10, 1941
Mr. DeWitt Emery
National Small Business Men's Association
Dear Mr. Emery:
No, I didn’t think you had deserted me—that would have been doubting your good taste. (How’s that?)
I was quite simply thrilled to hear that you had spoken about me to Henry Ford and read to him parts of my Manifesto. I am a natural-born hero worshipper, but I find damn few heroes to worship—and he’s one of my last few, because he is a symbol of the capitalist system at its best. Did you read to him the last part of the Manifesto—the part about the collectives of capitalists that destroy capitalism? I think that’s the part that should appeal to him and that he, above all people, would understand.
Is there any possible way for me to see him? Could you arrange that perhaps? If it were possible, I’d travel to Dearborn or to the bottom of hell. I am perfectly certain that if I could speak to him for half-an-hour (uninterrupted), I could get him to back us and we wouldn’t need anything or anybody else. I may be wrong and too sure of myself, but I don’t think so. I would not be so certain of my ability to convince any other man, but I am certain about Ford, if he is what I think he is, judging by his public record.
If you cannot arrange this, could you arrange to have him read a letter I’d write? I think I could make it brief and convincing—but I won’t bother if it has to go through half a dozen secretaries. If we could get it to him personally and if he would give us just the attention necessary to read it—we might be able to accomplish a lot.
My congratulations on the birth of Pratt & Emery. You know that I wish the firm all the success possible—and plenty of it.
As to my working for P & E—I’d be delighted, if I can really go ahead with the cause. No, I’m not going to