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Eugene V. Debs Letters: Abstracts for "T"
Telegram to EVD, 3/8/?. Tells EVD that "hell cannot gag a righteous soul."
Letter to EVD on Sherwood Forest Club, Annapolis, Maryland letterhead, 10/5/20. Asks that EVD tell him what he
thinks of the League of Nations.
Note from EVD to TD on envelope postmarked 10/?/20. Asks that TD tell Tappan that he is against the League of Nations because it is nothing but a body composed of representatives of the ruling class. Says that he would be for the League of Nations if it was truly representative of the people, themselves.
Letter to Mabel Dunlap Curry, 6/24/21. Writes that while he opposes EVD's socialist philosophy that he is sure that EVD will be released from prison. Remarks that he has been waiting for an opportunity to speak to the Postmaster General about getting EVD released. Mentions that he appreciated what Curry said of his book ALICE ADAMS.
Taylor, F. W. :
Letter from the editor of THE LABOUR LEADER, 10/13/19. Writes that he appreciated the letter that Taylor sent.
Letter from Tom Mann on Amalgamated Society of Engineers letterhead, 11/4/19. Writes that he was glad to receive Taylor's letter with the enclosure from TD in it. Says that it is a shame that EVD is still in prison.
Letter to TD, 11/5/19. Writes that he would like to convey his sympathy to TD over the imprisonment of EVD for his " unequalled loyalty to the working class of the World." Asks that TD keep up his courage. Says that there is nothing like " the policeman's club, hunger, the rifle and the bayonet, and Westinghouse automatic shot-guns to clear the cobwebs from the brains of the working-class mules." Assures TD that once the working classes get a good dose of these things they will start experimenting with direct action and abandon Samuel Gompers. Expresses the hope that TD received the copy of THE LABOR LEADER with his letter in it.
Letter from Tom Mann on Amalgamated Society of Engineers letterhead, 2/21/20. Writes that TD's letter was filled with human kindness and sympathy. Tells Taylor that America is in "awful condition." Says that he would not be surprised if the great mass of "non thinkers " are ready to come to capitalism's aid in America.
Letter from the editor of THE LABOR LEADER, 2/6/20. Writes that he appreciated the letter Taylor showed him. Says that he is sorry that he did not return it sooner.
Letter to TD, 10/23/26. Says that he is sending TD a clipping from the LONDON EVENING STANDARD reporting the death of EVD. Mentions that the article was written by Tom Mann. Writes that although he was shocked to hear of EVD's death he was not surprised since EVD had been so ill. Assures TD that EVD was "one of the most outstanding and magnificent champions of the inalienable rights of freedom of speech, thought, and conscience." Says that like Karl Marx, Jack London, Keir Hardie, EVD died working for a minority movement that was the source of all progress. Informs TD that he never met a propagandist equal to EVD.
Letter to TD, 1/22/26. Writes that Emily Debs Mailloux has told him that TD has suffered a physical breakdown as a result of EVD's death. Says that he is not surprised since there is not a man equal to EVD on the planet. Tells TD that he must fill the vacancy filled by EVD's death. Remarks that he would like TD to send him a newspaper report of the funeral.
Taylor, I. Paul:
Letter to EVD on Socialist Party of Michigan letterhead, 9/13/20. Writes that the state convention has passed a unanimous resolution to send greetings to EVD and tell him that the American people will release all political prisoners. Tells EVD that the state of Michigan has never been active as it is now. Writes that Warren Harding's and James Cox's images do not get applause when they appear on the movie screens. Remarks that "black and white" workers are approaching the socialists are street meetings. Says that the Michigan Federation of Labor and the auto workers are uniting with the socialists to bring George Kirkpatrick to speak on the topic of amnesty. Mentions that a "third little Bolshevik" has just joined the family. Says that he has been named Irving Gene Taylor.
Taylor, Michael J. :
Letter to EVD on Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America letterhead, 9/1/20. Writes that the Chicago, Illinois members of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of the America has organized a "Debs-Cunnea Amalgamated Campaign League." Says that the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America has a membership of 40,000 in the city of Chicago, Illinois. Tells EVD that he has been instructed to send EVD a membership card to the Debs-Cunnea Amalgamated Campaign League. Mentions that the Debs-Cunnea Amalgamated Campaign League will have its first meeting on 9/10/20. Remarks that William A. Cunnea, candidate for State's Attorney, Samuel Levin, the manager of the Chicago, Illinois Joint Board of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, and Frank Rosenblum, the general organizer of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America will be featured at this meeting. Includes a membership card to the Debs-Cunnea Amalgamated Campaign League.
Letter to EVD, 7/2/21. Writes that she received the letter that TD sent. Says that she has spent her whole life homesteading
160 acres in the hills of Humboldt County, California. Remarks that at the time her father established the homestead there
were no roads running through the property, just Indian trails. Mentions that her father was the son of William Howe. Tells
EVD that even though he grew up amidst great hardship that she has always tried to look on the bright side of life. Says
that she married young her husband and son went on to file for homestead claims, too. Remarks that improving homesteads is
the one talent that God gave her. Tells EVD that some day she will tell him her entire story. Informs EVD that she has
never been to a circus or seen an airplane, an elevated railroad, or a warship. Writes that she likes to receive letter
from people like herself, people who "understand the beauty of the heart and soul of man." Says that she visited
a spring that was much like her and EVD in that it never thought of giving less than its all. Mentions that she would love to
hear from Katherine Debs.
Note from EVD to TD, n.d. Tells TD that this "fine pioneer comrade's" letter was "beautiful." Says that Taylor is a "child of nature" Remarks that Taylor might just be lucky for what she has missed of city life, especially when compared to the many blessings she has enjoyed in the mountains. Asks that TD tell her that Katherine Debs would gladly write Taylor except for the fact that she is forbidden right now because of problems with her eyes.
Taylor, T. Gilbert :
Photocopy of postcard to the Standard Publishing Company, n.d. Says that he would like a catalogue of the Standard Publishing Company's publications. Asks that the catalogue be sent to the Free Speech and Social Liberty League in Norwood, Australia.
Taylor, T. N., et al.:
Letter to EVD on Central Labor Union letterhead, signed by Taylor, Joseph Wray, John Daily, L. W. Frisby, Ben Love, William Hamilton, John Edwards, and John Latshaw, 3/25/18. Writes that the Vigo County Central Labor Union is holding a demonstration to protest against the Jitney Ordinance on 4/3/18. Asks that EVD be the principle speaker at this demonstration.
Teasdale, Sara: Poem titled "Wood Song," n.d.
Letter to EVD, 7/17/20. Says that she has not forgotten EVD. Expresses the hope that EVD is doing well. Writes that she is a 12 year old school girl. Tells EVD that she wishes that he could spend a month with her in Le Flore, Oklahoma. Mentions that when her brother was little he used to yell, "Hurrah for Debs!"
Tenney, Daniel G. :
Letter to TD, 4/21/20. Asks that TD send him EVD's shoe size.
Letter to EVD, 12/25/20. Writes that this is the 66th Christmas that he has celebrated. Says that although it is a beautiful day that he has not been outside yet. Remarks that he just ate some hash and drank a cup of coffee. Tells EVD that he has been out of work for 7 months in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Writes that in the Haverhill, Massachusetts election the workers put down the mayor of the bosses. Mentions that he will send EVD some clippings about the election so that he can read about the way a socialist was elected mayor. Asks that EVD give his love to Joseph Coldwell. Says that the Citizens League has done a lot to help the poor of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Informs EVD that the city's union men have come to the conclusion that it is time to vote for the Socialist Party. Expresses the hope that the new socialist mayor stays in power for a while.
Terrell, J. Z. :
Letter to Mabel Dunlap Curry on West Virginia Penitentiary letterhead, 6/13/19. Writes that EVD is on his way to the
Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia by order of the Federal authorities in Washington. Asks that Curry send no
more of EVD's mail to Moundsville, West Virginia. Remarks that EVD took the news of his transfer in a most " philosophical
way," leaving the West Virginia Penitentiary in good spirits. Says that he is sorry to lose EVD because he had formed
quite an attachment to him. Expresses the hope that he get a chance to see Curry again.
Letter to Mabel Dunlap Curry on West Virginia Penitentiary letterhead, 6/19/19. Writes that he is not in a position to know why EVD was transferred to the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia. Assures Curry that the transfer was not intended to place any additional hardships on EVD. Says that he does not think that Curry and EVD's family has any need to worry about this transfer at all. Remarks that he sent a letter to the warden of the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia asking that he take into account EVD's age and physical condition and make him as comfortable as possible. Expresses the hope that it will not be too long before EVD can be home again with his family.
Terry, J. William:
Letter to TD, 12/6/26. Says that he is writing about a book about the war from a pacifist perspective. Remarks that EVD assumes an important place in this book. Asks that TD send him some biographical information about EVD's life and his views on the war.
Thayer, J. B. :
Letter to EVD, 12/4/20. Says that when he last wrote EVD he expressed his concern over the imprisonment of people
for their ideas. Tells EVD that he is sending him a poem which he wants passed on to the NATIONAL RIP-SAW for publication.
Writes that he wished he had the words to tell EVD how brave and honorable he is. Says that it is so hard to reform human
nature. Tells EVD that he is grateful that his spirit cannot be contained by any prison cell. Mentions that he has read EVD's
and Kate Richard O'Hare's speeches before the court many times. Remarks that he has just read EVD's white book. Tells EVD
that his great prayer is that EVD will be released from prison. Remarks that it would do his soul a lot of good to shake
EVD's hand and look into his eyes again. Says that his belief in God keeps him from becoming despondent. Mentions that the
only time he met EVD was in Linton, Indiana.
Poem titled "History Repeated," n.d.
Thobe, John J. :
Letter to EVD, 9/6/20. Writes that he is sending EVD a booklet that has just come out. Says that the purpose of this booklet is to win converts to socialism. Remarks that he met EVD in 1912 in Covington, Kentucky. Tells EVD that when he was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor last year he was mobbed by a group of Legionnaires. Says that he made several noon hour talks last week to different shops in the area. Mentions that 5,000 booklets have already been distributed. Remarks that Kate Richard O'Hare held a meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio on 8/29/20. Says that it should not be too long before the political prisoners are released from prison.
Thomas, Mr. :
Photocopy of letter from EVD, 3/14/1899. Writes that if it is not against the rules of the club that he would like
to have the discussion next Tuesday evening.
Photocopy of letter from EVD, 3/15/1899. Says that he appreciated Thomas' kindness in sending the invitations to C. Odilon Mailloux and Emily Debs Mailloux. Writes that Katherine Debs will be unable to accompany him. Asks that Katherine Debs invitation be sent to Mary E. Lease.
Thomas, Elizabeth H. :
Letter to TD, 8/21/01. Asks that TD send a some literature to the librarian at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
Also asks that TD send some literature to Thomas C. P. Myers of St. Paul, Minnesota. Says that she is sorry to hear that
Gertrude Debs has not been well. Writes that it has been a struggle to get the SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC HERALD launched. Tells
TD that she think that the paper will be successful, especially if the comrades in Chicago, Illinois will help get
Letter to TD, 9/2/01. Says that she has been asked by Victor Berger to write TD in regard to the rumor that the SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC HERALD got used money from the Social Democratic Party's Chicago, Illinois headquarters to cover its start-up costs. Informs TD that this rumor is injurious to the SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC HERALD because it may prevent the paper from getting the help it needs. Writes that Victor Berger wants the Social Democratic Party's financial statement published in next week's issue of the paper. Assures TD that such a statement will give the SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC HERALD back its good name. Asks that TD mention that the Dietzgen debt was omitted from an earlier financial report.
Letter to TD on Social Democratic Party of Wisconsin letterhead, 9/7/01. Writes that TD's letter should make everything all right. Says that when the final financial report is published much will be cleared up. Assures TD That his labors are appreciated and he will be remembered for all he has done for the movement.
Letter to EVD on MILWAUKEE SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY letterhead, 11/26/13. Writes that Victor Berger and H. W. Bistorius have been found guilty of libel by a jury packed with "Knights of Columbus, Ancient Hibernians and Militia of Christ men" and ordered to pay $17,500 in damages. Says that the suit was instigated by the non-partisan City Clerk who had been charged with graft by the MILWAUKEE LEADER. Remarks that despite the fact that a judge found the City Clerk guilty of illegal practices that the jury, out to kill the MILWAUKEE LEADER and stamp out socialism, found for the plaintiff in the libel suit. Tells EVD that the MILWAUKEE LEADER will fight this decision to the "last ditch," especially since the newspaper does not have the $20,000 necessary to pay the damages. Informs EVD that the newspaper cannot ask the workers of Milwaukee, Wisconsin to give their hard earned money to cover these costs since they already gave so much of their money to start the paper. Says that the MILWAUKEE LEADER has no choice but to ask for outside funds. Writes that the plan is to have comrades from around the country purchase bonds to help the MILWAUKEE LEADER through this emergency. Asks that EVD write an appeal to the members of the Socialist Party requisition funds for this purpose.
Letter to EVD on Social Democratic Party of Wisconsin letterhead, 12/19/13. Says that she appreciated EVD's " splendid " article. Writes that when the case come up again tomorrow that the MILWAUKEE LEADER will demand a new trial. Tells EVD that his article will be held until she sees what the result of this demand will be. Remarks that she has little faith in the " capitalist" courts. Says that if EVD's article gets published she will send him a dozen copies of it. Writes that the Catholic societies are working against the socialists in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Letter to EVD on MILWAUKEE LEADER letterhead, 11/4/15. Writes that the libel suit is now before the Supreme Court. Says that she expects a decision to be rendered in the next few days. Tells EVD that the cost of pursuing this case have been tremendous. Remarks that the MILWAUKEE LEADER has been struggling to survive since 1914 and can ill-afford any additional expenses. Asks that EVD write an appeal for funds to help pay its legal costs. Assures EVD that the MILWAUKEE LEADER is determined to keep up the fight. Includes an article written by EVD asking for funds to save the MILWAUKEE LEADER.
Letter to EVD on THE WORLD TOMORROW letterhead, 11/11/19. Writes that he is planning on publishing an article about
the Building Trades Parliament of Britain in the next issue of THE WORLD TOMORROW. Says that the article has been
written by Malcolm Sparks the originator of the idea for a Building Trade Parliament. Tells EVD that he is sending
him a copy of the article so that EVD can see what is happening in England. Asks that EVD write a short piece giving
his impression of the scheme. Mentions that he admires what EVD is doing.
Note from EVD to TD, n.d. Writes that there is no way for him to fulfill Thomas' request. Says that Thomas is a " fine man." Asks that TD send Thomas his best wishes.
Letter to EVD on League for Industrial Democracy letterhead, 5/2/25. Says that he was disappointed that EVD could not lunch with the group from THE NATION. Writes that he was a little embarrassed at the lunch because he told the group that EVD would be there. Remarks that although EVD made no definite plans to be there that he had hoped that EVD would have been able to make it after the Socialist Party National Executive Committee meeting.
Letter to EVD on League for Industrial Democracy letterhead, 7/1/25. Writes that he has received EVD's note regarding the situation in China. Remarks that he has received a telegram from Paul Blanshard saying that there are 200,000 strikers in Shanghai, China alone. Tells EVD that Paul Blanshard urges the American labor movement to send relief to help the workers of China. Informs EVD that he thinks that the Socialist Party should endorse this plea for relief and demand that the American military presence in China be withdrawn.
Copy of letter from TD, 11/3/26. Writes that he regretted that Thomas left Terre Haute, Indiana before he got a chance to thank him for his tribute to EVD. Says that Thomas' presence at EVD's funeral was a noteworthy expression of his loyalty to EVD. Remarks that Thomas' tribute brought an air of grace and dignity to the funeral that was tremendously impressive.
Letter to TD, 11/9/26. Says that it was one of the great things in his life to have had the chance to be influenced by EVD. Writes that it was a privilege to have gotten the chance to pay tribute to him. Mentions that he was sorry he did not get a chance to see TD after the funeral. Tells TD that out of the $90 check that he sent that he will use some of it to cover the cost of his trip to Terre Haute, Indiana and the rest he will give to the Socialist Party in memory of EVD. Asks that TD tell him if he has any plans on writing a biography of EVD's life. Mentions that he has been approached by a publisher to write one but decided not to pursue it until he knew what TD's plans were.
Copy of letter from TD, 11/27/26. Writes that he is sorry that it has taken him so long to respond to Thomas' last letter. Says that there are still people speaking of Thomas' beautiful tribute at EVD's funeral. Remarks that he is not contemplating writing a biography of EVD's life. Tells Thomas that he must get himself well again before he starts thinking about the future. Mentions that EVD placed a lot of matter relating to his life in the Rand School a couple of years ago, including newspaper files on the American Railway Union Strike and the APPEAL TO REASON, among other things.
Letter to TD on League for Industrial Democracy letterhead, 2/1/28. Writes that he would be most happy if TD could make it to the surprise dinner he is throwing for August Claessens on 2/13/28.
Copy of letter from TD, 2/8/28. Writes that he received Thomas' invitation to the dinner being given in honor of August Claessens. Says that he regrets that he will be unable to make it to the dinner paying tribute to " this battle-scarred warrior of the class war." Tells Thomas that he will be at the dinner in spirit.
Letter to TD on League for Industrial Democracy letterhead, 9/23/31. Writes that he appreciated TD's letter dated 9/9/31.
Copy of telegram from TD, 11/5/33. Says that his emotions were stirred by Thomas' tribute to EVD, Morris Hillquit, and Job Harriman. Remarks that words are inadequate to express his feelings.
Letter to TD on League for Industrial Democracy letterhead, 11/16/33. Writes that he was deeply touched by TD's telegram.
Letter to TD, 2/8/35. Writes that he does not want to bother TD with party affairs but that he would like him to send a statement upholding the actions of the Socialist Party's National Executive Committee in Indiana. Remarks that he is quite sure that EVD would have taken a similar stand because there is no way he would have stood for the "romantic futile parliamentarianism, the bitter personalities, the general futility" which has characterized the actions of the comrades in New York and Indiana. Includes a copy of a letter to the board of the NEW LEADER dated 2/8/35 saying that he must withdraw his column from the NEW LEADER until the paper decides to actively support the Socialist Party's National Executive Committee's position regarding the Indiana issue. Writes that as much as he disagrees with the actions of the Socialist Party of Indiana he at least respects its candor in avowing its intention to secede from the national party unlike the NEW LEADER which has claimed neutrality on this issue but still questions the constitutionality of the National Executive Committee's position. Remarks that the issue at stake is not a constitutional one at all but whether or not there is to be a national socialist party in the United States.
Copy of letter from TD, 2/13/35. Writes that he did not know that there were such acute difference in the ranks of the Socialist Party. Says that because of his prolonged illness that he has not been able to keep himself apprised of party affairs. Tells Thomas that since he knows nothing of the matter that he is not able to write the statement that he requests. Expresses the hope that the Socialist Party is able to get over this present turmoil and reunite to accomplish its historical mission.
Telegram to Gertrude Debs and Marguerite Debs Cooper, signed by Thomas and Harry Flischman, 4/16/45. Sends condolences on TD's death.
Form letter on Debs Memorial Radio Fund letterhead, n.d. Says that the friends and admirers of EVD are raising money for a high power radio station to be known as WDEBS to serve as a living memorial to EVD. Writes that no better memorial could be conceived because the radio is "one of the most powerful and effective channels of information, education--propaganda. " Mentions that the project will cost at least $250,000. Asks that contributions be sent to Morris Hillquit.
Thompson, Beatrice S. :
Letter to EVD on Women's Civic and Protective League of Los Angeles, California letterhead, 6/15/16. Says that she is writing on behalf of the members of the Women's Civic and Protective League, "an organization of thinking Negro women, " to thank him for the stand he took against THE CLANSMAN, "that gigantic thief of a race's prerogative to the right to the pursuit of happiness, and the maligner of a noble patriotism."
Thompson, Carl D. :
Copy of letter from EVD, 11/26/10. Writes that he agreed with what Thompson had to say in his letter dated 11/5/10
except for what he wrote on the topics of labor unions and immigration. Says that he thinks that it is disgusting
the Victor Berger turns himself into a laughing stock every year at the convention of the labor "fakirs."
Tells Thompson that Victor Berger is an "aristocrat and not a socialist" because he holds the common man
in much contempt. Remarks that Victor Berger feels as if he is made of "superior clay" and the entire
socialist movement rests upon his shoulders alone. Mentions that Victor Berger's egotism increases as he becomes
more powerful in the socialist movement. Writes that unlike Thompson he thinks that Victor Berger will eventually
foist himself upon the socialist movement as a "dictator." Informs Thompson that he appreciates Victor
Berger's ability and energy, but that he is opposed to anyone tolerating his autocratic behavior. Says that it is
abhorrent to have a boss in the socialist movement because there is no place for him in a democratic movement of the
working classes. Tells Thompson that in the socialist movement everyone is supposed to be enlightened enough to be their
own bosses. Says that a socialist movement dependent upon one man is not a socialist party at all. Remarks that he
once heard Victor Berger talk to Frederic Heath in a way that he would not talk to the "mangiest cur," fully
expecting Frederic Heath to take his wrath with debasing obeisance. Writes that when Victor Berger tried to deal with
him in a similar fashion he refused to let him. Tells Thompson that he refuses to be a lackey for Victor Berger and
that is the reason why their relationship came to a "very sudden end." Says that Thompson should formulate
a program to challenge Victor Berger's boss rule in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Assures Thompson that he would back him.
Informs Thompson that he has no ill feelings towards Victor Berger he just feels as though there is no place for
boss rule in the socialist movement.
Copy of letter from EVD, 11/29/10. Writes that he wanted to add a couple of thoughts to the letter he sent Thompson on 11/26/10. Says that the sooner that Victor Berger realize that there is no place for bosses in the socialist movement the better it will be for everyone, even if it means disrupting the entire movement to do it. Remarks that if Victor Berger "can't be made a democrat he must be smashed as a boss." Writes that it was upsetting for him to read that Victor Berger has been glorified as the "czar of Milwaukee" and that Samuel Gompers praised his election. Mentions that there is something wrong when Samuel Gompers calls a " revolutionist " their friend.
Copy of letter from EVD, 12/5/10. Writes that Thompson's last letter was a joy to read. Says that there is not a word in the letter that he disagrees with. Remarks that while he would love to respond to the letter at length he does not have the time since he has been ordered to Girard, Kansas and help out Fred Warren. Tells Thompson that his letter strengthened the attachment between them. Says that he agrees that the socialist movement is a democratic movement or not a movement at all. Writes that the socialist movement must remain a democratic movement at all costs. Informs Thompson that Victor Berger only thrives when he is the boss. Mentions that he heard Victor Berger tell Seymour Stedman that it was necessary for the Socialist Party like other ones to have its bosses. Remarks that this " mischievous " notion must be gotten out of Victor Berger.
Copy of letter from TD, 12/16/14. Writes that the way Bede turned Emil Seidel into a laughing stock during their debate made " socialism appear ridiculous and contemptible. " Says that if the Socialist Party stands for this debate it will not last long. Tells Thompson that Bede and Emil Seidel were matched by the "capitalist" bureau to hurt the cause of socialism. Remarks that Emil Seidel's seriousness became a joke in the shrewd hands of Bede. Writes that if Bede went up against a socialist like Stanley Clark that the results would have been much different. Asks that Thompson talk with Emil Seidel about his performance and be perfectly frank with him. Says that he would have written Emil Seidel directly except for the fact that Emil Seidel is not friendly towards him.
Letter to EVD on Socialist Party National Office letterhead, 12/23/14. Writes that he thought that the Redpath Bureau made a sincere attempt to create a matched debate and give socialism a fair hearing. Says that he does not think that he would be the right person to discuss the debate with Emil Seidel. Tells EVD that the matter should not be discussed with Emil Seidel at all. Remarks that he would like to discuss with EVD the peace program of the international socialist movement. Writes that although he has looked that he can find no concrete socialist program on the subjects of militarism and war. Mentions that there has been talk of a general strike if there is a war. Says that it is urgent for socialists to develop their war program. Asks that EVD support an effort to develop a war program.
Letter to TD on Socialist Party National Office letterhead, 5/18/15. Writes that the COLUMBIAD recently published a statement by Peter Collins saying that Collins has offered $100 to the Socialist Party local who can get EVD agree to debate him. Remarks that Peter Collins wants to debate EVD to show why socialism is the "greatest enemy to the progress and welfare of the working people."
Copy of letter from TD, 5/22/15. Says that Peter Collins' statement in the COLUMBIAD is a "ready-made" lie. Writes that EVD has never had any contact with Peter Collins whatsoever. Tells Thompson that Peter Collins' reputation as a "notorious liar" discredits him completely. Writes that Peter Collins was the same man who went around telling people that EVD's house was built by scab labor. Mentions that Peter Collins once harangued Fred Warren to debate him and when Warren finally agreed Collins did not even have the courage to show up.
Letter to TD on Socialist Party National Office letterhead, 5/25/15. Writes that he appreciated TD's "hot" letter about Peter Collins. Says that he was pleased with the stand that EVD Stood regarding the Boy Scout matter. Remarks that he believes that the Socialist Party has been too prejudiced in its view of the Boy Scouts. Tells TD that the Boy Scouts' pro-militarism stance has made it difficult for socialists to see the good that there is in the Boy Scout organization. Says that he is sending TD a copy of a letter he has written on this matter. Mentions that George Kirkpatrick thought that is letter was wrong because it does not take a "hostile" view of the Boy Scouts. Includes a form letter saying that the socialists have over-reacted in their view of the Boy Scouts. Remarks that the Boy Scouts is not as militaristic as many socialists, including Mary Reilly and George Kirkpatrick, make it out to be.
Letter to EVD, 4/12/18. Writes that the war program passed at the St. Louis convention is "impossible, unworkable, and, in light of recent developments, unscientific, unsocialistic, and wrong." Says that he thinks that the war program is a serious mistake. Tells EVD That with the expansion of German militarism into Russia, the first socialist republic in the world is being strangled. Remarks that because of this, the Socialist Party needs to change it program. Says that the Socialist Party should adopt the position rendered at the Inter-Allied Socialist and Labor Conference. Asks that EVD tell him what he thinks. Writes that he has been talking over the matter in with others in the 27th ward in Chicago, Illinois. Remarks that they are planning on working out a new war program which follows more closely with the Inter-Allied Socialist and Labor program and putting it up to a referendum. Says that if he is right to think that EVD's position is similar to his that he would like EVD to send him a statement of public support.
Telegram to TD, 10/20/26. Writes that he is distressed to learn of EVD's serious condition.
Letter to TD on Public Ownership League of America, 9/29/27. Writes that the appreciated the autographed copies of EVD's book that he sent. Says that he has already read a few chapters of the book and has been deeply moved by them.
Letter to EVD, 11/11/20. Letter to EVD, 10/11/20. Says that he is sending EVD 2 photos of a poster he made for EVD's 1920 campaign. Writes that the portraits on the poster are almost life size. Mentions that the poster was hung on the building where the Socialist Party has its local in Camden, New Jersey. Includes two photos of Thompson's campaign poster.
Thompson, R. W. :
Telegram to EVD, 10/21/26. Sends condolences on EVD's death.
Thompson, S. C.:
Letter to EVD, 11/1/20. Says that his thoughts are with EVD on the eve of the election. Tells EVD that he felt it necessary to pledge his love and loyalty to him. Assures EVD That he will continue to persistently stand for socialism in the future.
Thompson, W. H. :
Letter to EVD, 5/19/13. Writes that on 5/9/13 he, W. Gillespie, R. M. Kepart, F. M. Sturm were arrested and thrown
in the county jail. Remarks that West Virginia governor Henry Hatfield signed the arrest orders. Says that as these
arrests occurred Tom Davis led the state militia to the Socialist Printing Company where they kidnapped Elmer Rumbaugh
and wrecked the offices where the SOCIALIST LABOR STAR is published. Mentions that after the militia wrecked the offices
of the SOCIALIST LABOR STAR they went on to ransack his house. Writes that on Friday the sheriff received orders to turn
him and the other prisoners over to the militia. Mentions that while F. M. Sturm was released that Friday night, R. M.
Kephart and George Gillespie were released on Saturday, he is still being held by the militia. Says that there has yet
been no mention of a trial. Remarks that the damages to the Socialist Printing Company has been estimated at $2,000.
Copy of letter from EVD, 6/16/13. Says that he read Thompson's article "Socialists Failed as Investigators, Their Report a Weak Mass of Mistakes in Regard to Present Condition and a Sickening Eulogy of Dictator Hatfield" in the 6/13/13 issue of the SOCIALIST LABOR STAR. Writes that he would like Thompson publish the socialists' report in the next issue of his paper and give examples of where it is a "mass of misstatements" and a eulogy to Henry Hatfield. Assures Thompson that if there are such things in the report it should be repudiated, but if there are not then the SOCIALIST LABOR STAR is the one who needs repudiation.
Letter to EVD on SOCIALIST LABOR STAR letterhead, 6/17/13. Writes that he was not able to get his story before the Senate as he hoped because he, nor any of the other comrades persecuted by Henry Hatfield, were put on the stand. Says that the attorneys for the United Mine Workers of America is protecting Henry Hatfield by not allowing one word of testimony against him go on record. Remarks that Mother Jones as well as others were tried and sentenced after Henry Hatfield became governor. Mentions that when he met with Senator Swanson he wanted to know why everyone was trying to protect Henry Hatfield. Says that he wished he knew what Henry Hatfield had on the United Mine Workers of America.
Copy of letter from EVD, 6/19/13. Says that he was wondering why none of the comrades were called to testify. Writes that he thought it strange that they were not allowed to take the stand and has written Adolph Germer about it. Remarks that he was disappointed that the Senate investigation of West Virginia situation ended so quickly because the committee did not even have a chance to look into the ransacking of the SOCIALIST LABOR STAR offices. Tells Thompson that although he believes that Henry Hatfield should not be blamed for what his predecessor did in office that Hatfield should still be held accountable for his actions. Mentions that he thinks that it is suspicious that the Senate committee never put Thompson or Mother Jones on the stand. Writes that he does not necessarily agree with Thompson that this was because of the attorneys for the United Mine Workers of America. Says that he wants to see justice done to all concerned despite the fact that Thompson and Fred Merrick and not always acted fairly towards him. Assures Thompson that if there is a conspiracy to suppress testimony in the Senate investigation that he will expose it.
Letter to EVD on Socialist Labor Star letterhead, 6/21/13. Assures EVD that he EVD not making him out as the scapegoat for the report the Socialist Party published on the situation in West Virginia. Says that he and the other comrades never expected anything from Adolph Germer and Victor Berger, EVD's co-authors of the report, because they were prejudiced against the " red-element" in West Virginia and in support of the United Mine Workers of America's activities from the get-go. Tells EVD that he hoped that he would his influence on the report would have allowed more of the vital facts to get through. Informs EVD that socialism is growing at an amazing pace in West Virginia. Says that 90% of the union miners are socialists. Writes that the officials of the United Mine Workers of America accepted a deal from Henry Hatfield whereby he would supported the United Mine Workers of America if, in turn, the leaders of the United Mine Workers of America would use their influence to break the socialist movement in West Virginia. Tells EVD that the United Mine Workers of America's plan to crush the socialists in West Virginia was being carried out when EVD, Adolph Germer, and Victor Berger came to the state to investigate the matter for the Socialist Party. Writes that there was a concerted effort to make sure that EVD, Adolph Germer, and Victor Berger did not get all of the facts. Says that the same thing happened during the Senate investigation. Tells EVD that asking Adolph Germer for the truth is like asking Thomas Haggerty or Henry Hatfield for it. Says that the Socialist Party report had to be attacked by him as a matter of self-defense. Assures EVD that whereas he never doubted EVD's sincerity that EVD allowed himself to be " outrageously deceived and used by as crooked a bunch of 'leaders' as ever skuttled a labor union."
Photocopy of letter from EVD, 6/21/13. Says that the Socialist Party's report of the situation in West Virginia needs no defense. Tells Thompson that it is unfair to condemn the report without publishing it. Writes that Thompson owes it to the readers of the SOCIALIST LABOR STAR to print the report. Informs Thompson that the rank and file should be able to judge the report for themselves. Says that for the 2 weeks he was in Charleston, West Virginia studying conditions there he was at work from 4 a.m. to 12 a.m. every day "determined to make any necessary sacrifice to see our comrades released from jail." Remarks that he thinks that it is odd that he should start being criticized the moment these socialists got released from prison.
Copy of letter from EVD, 6/26/13. Asks that Thompson tell him if the United Mine Workers of America is led by a bunch of crooks what does that make Mother Jones and John Brown out to be since both of them gets paid by the organization. Says that he is disappointed that Thompson, a man of character and intelligence, could be so unfair. Writes that what Thompson wanted the Socialist Party's report of the West Virginia to do was denounce the officials of the United Mine Workers of America and tear the union to pieces. Informs Thompson that he has been involved in the labor movement for 38 years and saw things very clearly when he was in Charleston, West Virginia. Says that if he had been listened to when he was there the "ugly row" between the Socialist Party of West Virginia and the United Mine Workers of America would not have occurred. Writes that interference by non-miners in the affairs of the United Mine Workers of America only made matters worse. Tells Thompson that the West Virginia socialists' "denunciation of everything U.M.W., good, bad and indifferent, are utterly suicidal and destructive all around." Says that he is an industrial unionist not an anarchist in the spirit of the Industrial Workers of the World, an organization which is doing "deadly work in the name of socialism." Informs Thompson that the best way to keep trade union officials in their places is to attack them as Fred Merrick has done. Writes that the leaders of the United Mine Workers of America have every reason to hate socialists with if it is the voice of Fred Merrick that they hear. Mentions that the miners need to stick together until the crisis their in passes. Assures Thompson that he is wrong to think that the rift between C. H. Boswell and Thomas Hagerty will not involve the movement. Asks that Thompson tell him why he denounces Thomas Hagerty but Mother Jones. Remarks that Mother Jones thinks that Thomas Hagerty is one of the "truest men in the labor movement." Says that he tried to get C. H. Boswell to meet with Henry Hatfield but he refused. Informs Thompson that his first request to Henry Hatfield when he met with him was that Fred Merrick be released from prison. Mentions that that he does not know why Fred Merrick has avoided him ever since his imprisonment. Tells Thompson that he is wrong to think the leaders of the United Mine Workers of America are all unilaterally bad. Remarks that Thompson had no right to equate Adolph Germer to Henry Hatfield. Writes that even though Adolph Germer is an official of the United Mine Workers of America that he has always found him to be straightforward and honest.
Copy of letter from EVD, 6/30/13. Writes that there was one mistake in the Socialist Party's report on the situation in West Virginia. Says that this mistake regarded the administration under which Mother Jones, John Brown, and C. H. Boswell were tried. Remarks that whereas Mother Jones, John Brown, and C. H. Boswell were arrested under Glasscock they were tried under Henry Hatfield, who gave them their liberty.
Tichenor, Henry M. :
Letter to EVD on MELTING POT letterhead, 5/6/14. Writes that EVD's introduction to his book of poetry was beautiful.
Remarks that he feels unworthy of EVD's sublime tribute.
Letter to EVD on MELTING POT letterhead, 3/5/15. Says that God himself could not have written a better article than the one that EVD sent him. Assures EVD that it will be published word for word.
Letter to EVD and TD on PRO-HUMANITY letterhead, 1/19/18. Writes that the he and Mary enjoyed reading EVD's and TD's last letter. Says that he wanted to write EVD and TD after he started PRO-HUMANITY but did not want to look selfish. Remarks that he is putting out a new quarterly titled THE UNIVERSE. Tells EVD and TD that even without money he forges ahead. Asks that EVD and TD consider joining him in putting out PRO-HUMANITY. Says that he is in great need of " brains, souls, and dollars."
Letter to EVD on PRO-HUMANITY letterhead, 3/8/18. Tells EVD that his article in the TERRE HAUTE TRIBUNE deserves nationwide publication. Writes that the actions of the "Prussian Junkerdom" and the "Socialist traitors of Germany " punctured his " peace instincts. " Says that he wants to see "Kaiserism" wiped off the face of the earth. Remarks that the socialists' fight against capitalism cannot begin until this is done. Writes that the attempted murder of Russian comrades demands a life and death fight against the Germans. Mentions that he will republish the article in his paper when he is able to get another issue out. Remarks that he is having financial difficulties right now.
Tilton, Josephine S:
Letter to EVD, 10/3/20. Says that last week she sent EVD a copy of N. P. Rogers' writings. Writes that this week she is
sending EVD a book in which Wendell Phillips offers some forceful remarks about bitter persecution. Expresses the hope that
she lives long enough to vote for EVD and to see EVD released from prison. Mentions that while she has been arrested several
times she only spent three days in jail.
Letter to EVD, 10/26/20. Writes that she would like to send EVD some of Wendell Phillips' speeches, including " Scholar in the Republic," "A Perfect Tribute," "The Lost Arts," "Daniel O'Connell," and " Stockeen." Remarks that she thought that EVD could read them to the sick prison that he attended to.
Note from EVD to TD on envelope postmarked 10/27/20. Writes that Tilton has been most kind. Asks that TD tell Tilton that he received the Wendell Phillips speeches and the books and that he will treasure them.
Letter to TD, 11/2/20. Writes that she has voted for EVD. Says that she has send EVD a copy of Wendell Phillips' speeches and a couple of other books. Remarks that she thought that her sister would have wanted them to go to EVD. Tells TD that she is sending him a book to make acknowledgement of all the help he has given EVD. Writes that she does not want to die until she has done everything in her power to place the nation's land and wealth in the hands of the people.
Tilton, Kate Thompson :
Telegram to TD and Gertrude Debs, 10/21/26. Sends condolences on EVD's death.
Tiockes, F. M. :
Tiockes, F. M. : SEE Augusto, Allie
Tipton, Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. :
Letter to TD, 10/25/26. Sends condolences on EVD's death. Says that he saw EVD whenever he came to Helena, Montana.
Todd, Albert May:
Letter to EVD on Public Ownership League of America letterhead, 8/10/21. Writes that he takes the liberty of calling
EVD comrade even though he is not a member of the Socialist Party because he knows that EVD has spent many years devoted
to the cases of " justice, happiness and universal fellowship." Tells EVD that it often happens in history that
those who have contributed the most to the progress of a civilization have been incarcerated and made into martyrs. Says
that this is why he does not find it strange that EVD is in prison. Assures EVD that his imprisonment is " continued proof
" that his ideals are in accordance with the principles of justice. Mentions that he has written the President demanding
that EVD be released from prison.
Letter to TD on Public Ownership League of American letterhead, 9/7/21. Says that TD's letter brought him much happiness. Writes that he was glad to learn that EVD received his letter. Remarks that he was honored by EVD's kind words. Tells TD That it must bring him must joy to have a brother like EVD, the "most historic figure in our Country." Remarks that he will be returning to Kalamazoo, Michigan in a few weeks. Says that he had the pleasure of reading an article about Katherine Debs in the NEW YORK CALL recently. Includes a postscript that says that it might interest TD to know that he is keeping busy. Says that although he is still president of A. M. Todd Company he has given most of his time over to doing some public work. Remarks that although he was born in 1850 he is still young.
Letter to TD on Public Ownership League of America letterhead, 10/4/21. Says that the homelike manner in which TD wrote his letter made him feel like he was a member of TD's inner circle. Assures TD that EVD's unwillingness to sacrifice his ideals has shown a degree of unselfishness not seen for centuries. Writes that although he knows nothing of EVD's finances that he would like to help in making sure that EVD's needs are taken care of after he gets out of prison. Remarks that each day EVD is kept in prison that another indictment against the existing government is added.
Letter to TD, 10/24/21. Writes that he is glad to know that EVD possesses a comfortable home. Says that EVD's modesty prevents his friends from knowing all that they should about him. Remarks that now that a peace treaty will soon be ratified that EVD's release will come soon. Tells TD that to make sure that EVD gets everything that he needs when he gets out of prison that he is sending him a check for $200. Writes that although he is known to most people as a " capitalist " that he will not publicly state that he is sending this check. Asks that TD send his regards to EVD. Includes a note from TD saying that Todd's check was returned back to him on 10/29/21.
Copy of letter from TD, 10/29/21. Writes that he was touched by Todd's gesture of sending a check for $200. Assures Todd that EVD will be similarly touched when he hears of it himself. Says that although he appreciated the kindness and generosity that Todd showed in sending the check that he is returning it because the spirit of the act means so much more. Tells Todd that he has not heard anything himself about the release of EVD from prison. Assures Todd that while EVD is in prison all of his needs are being taken care of.
Letter to TD on A. M. Todd Company letterhead, 10/31/21. Writes that he understands TD's reticence about accepting the check he sent. Says that returning the check is just added proof for him that EVD "lives upon a level of much higher ethics than is possessed even by many of our noblest citizens." Remarks that he saw a press release recently that said that EVD's release would be soon.
Letter to TD on A. M. Todd Company letterhead, 11/1/21. Expresses the hope that he will be able to meet with EVD once he is out of prison. Says that meeting EVD would bring him much happiness. Writes that if he does not get to Terre Haute, Indiana to meet EVD that perhaps EVD's travels will take him to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Remarks that he heard speech that EVD gave when he was released from Woodstock Prison.
Copy of letter from TD, 11/14/21. Says that he noted with pleasure that Todd was among the throng that heard EVD the night of his release from the prison in Woodstock, Illinois. Writes that knowing that Todd attended this event is enough to make them old friends. Tells Todd that it was a great event except for the fact that the authorities did everything in his power to suppress it. Says that he does not enthuse over the reports saying that EVD will soon be released. Writes that nothing but positive and favorable action will make him feel differently. Informs Todd that the time has passed for the President to act so graciously. Remarks that the "Main Streeters" on Capitol Hill are "not only without vision but without political sagacity."
Letter to TD on Public Ownership League Letterhead, 12/21/22. Asks that TD tell him how EVD's health is when he gets a chance. Writes that he was glad to see that EVD had the opportunity to attend some meetings a few weeks ago. Says that he is overjoyed that EVD's strength is returning to him. Remarks that he is sending TD a book that he thought he might enjoy. Mentions that it is by one of the founders of English socialism.
Tomsky, M. :
Telegram to EVD, 4/5/23. Says that he is writing to invite EVD to the Soviet Union. Assures EVD that the Russian workers
know his name well.
Telegram to EVD, 4/5/23. Includes same text as other telegram dated 4/5/23.
Copy of letter from EVD, 4/14/23. Writes that he appreciated Tomsky's invitation to come to Soviet Russia but that he will unable to do so because of his health. Expresses the hope to be able to make the journey at a later time. Says that he would like to see first hand the way the Russian comrades are building a "true working-class Republic within their own borders. " Tells Tomsky that he has supported the Russian experiment since the Russian Revolution. Asks that Tomsky send his greetings to V. I. Lenin and Leon Trotsky.
Toivonen, Pearl :
Letter to EVD, 10/28/20. Says that she has been wanting to write EVD for a long time. Tells EVD that she considers him to be a friend. Writes that she has an interest in EVD because of the principles for which he stands. Remarks that she sympathizes with EVD's cause because it is a cause that has been greatly lied about. Informs EVD that she is 17 years old. Says that she is deeply concerned with socialism and has been reading quite a bit about it lately. Writes that most of her fellow students in high school have a wrong view of socialism. Tells EVD that these students are misinformed about socialism because they read about it in the newspapers. Expresses the hope that all political prisoners will soon be released.
Torrance, Catherine :
Letter to EVD on Agnes Scott College letterhead, 12/6/20. Writes that she is a native Hoosier whose father was Reverend William Torrance, the pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church in Terre Haute, Indiana for 6 years. Says that she and a friend would like to visit EVD at the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia on 12/10/20, 12/13/20, or 12/15/20.
Torres, Mr. :
Telegram to Socialist Party National Office: Sends condolences on EVD's death on behalf of the socialist of Puerto Rico.
Telegram to EVD, 9/28/21. Says that he is wearing a white ribbon for EVD.
Townlun, A. C. :
Letter to EVD, 12/11/21. Writes that he received EVD's note and appreciated it very much. Says that he thinks and speaks of EVD often. Remarks that while in prison he is resting up and storing up energy for the future. Tells EVD that he only has a few more weeks left in prison. Says that he hopes to hear of EVD's release before then.
Townshend, J. S. :
Letter to TD on J. S. Townshend, Watches, Diamonds, Jewelry, Silverware, Bric-a-Brac letterhead, 5/24/1888. Expresses the hope that TD's new watch case, with raised ornamentation and 5 diamonds, will be satisfactory.
Toy, Edward Ranita :
Western Union Money Transfer to TD and Gertrude Debs, 10/22/26. Sends condolences on EVD's death. Says that he is sending TD and Gertrude Debs $5 for roses.
Toy, S. J. :
Letter to Jean Daniel Debs and Marguerite Bettrich Debs, 9/26/1899. Writes that he and his wife received Jean Daniel Debs' and Marguerite Bettrich Debs' card with great pleasure. Says that Gertrude Debs told them that Jean Daniel Debs and Marguerite Bettrich Debs were marking their 50th anniversary. Expresses the hope that the years will continue to bring Jean Daniel Debs and Marguerite Bettrich Debs pleasure. Writes that one day he wants to thank Jean Daniel Debs and Marguerite Bettrich Debs for everything they have done for his daughter in person.
Letter to EVD, 3/20/18. Writes that the Rand School of Social Science has moved to a new headquarters on East 15th
St in New York City, New York. Says that there are about 4,000 men and women currently attending courses offered by
the school. Tells EVD that aside from the classrooms and auditorium the new building also has a library that can house
up to 50,000 volumes. Remarks that it is the Rand School of Social Science's goal to build up its library by acquiring
more books and pamphlets about labor and socialism. Writes that the way that the library will be built up is by asking
long-time socialist and labor union participants to make contributions towards this end. Asks that EVD allow his name
be used for an appeal to build up the holdings of the Rand School of Social Science's library.
Letter to EVD on Rand School of Social Science letterhead, 6/16/20. Writes that he is sending EVD a translation of a letter he received from socialist Henri Barbusse. Says that Henri Barbusse is the author of LE FEU, a novel about the war. Remarks that Henri Barbusse, with Anatole France and Romain Rolland, represent the literary elite of France. Tells EVD that Henri Barbusse's letter concerns not only his nomination but Romain Rolland's in France, and Philip Snowden's, Ramsey MacDonald's, John MacLean's, Tom Mann's, and George Lansbury's in Britain. Assures EVD that he thinks of him all the time. Says that he would like to get EVD's reactions to what is happening to the Socialist Party. Mentions that he thinks that EVD's position would be similar to his. Includes a translation of a letter from Henri Barbusse dated 6/30/20. Writes that the journals LE POPULAIRE and L'HUMANITE, as well as others, are appreciative of EVD's "inspiring attitude" as the "great American apostle of Socialism." Says that he has always admired his "integrity of conscience" and "uncompromising honesty. " Writes that EVD's present fate is a symbol of the viciousness of the present system which maintains its power through force. Remarks that the strength of socialism will grow in the future because it is supported by the power of righteousness.
Letter to TD on International Publishers Company, 10/25/28. Says that he is sending TD 2 copies of VOICES OF REVOLT which contains selections from EVD's writings and speeches. Remarks that he wrote the introduction to the book. Assures TD that he looks at EVD as the " incarnation of the revolutionary spirit of the American working class." Tells TD that the purpose of VOICES OF REVOLT is to make sure that EVD's memory continues to be revered. Mentions that his critical remarks in the book were necessary to explain some of EVD's lapses. Says that he hopes in the future to write a biography of EVD's life.
Traubel, Anne :
Postcard from Stephen Marion Reynolds, postmarked 2/?/11. Writes that he was sorry he was not at home when Comrade
Bloor visited him. Says that some lecturing engagements kept him away.
Letter to EVD on The Whitman Club letterhead, 9/8/19. Writes that Horace Traubel died this morning 5:10 a.m.
Letter to TD, 7/21/20. Says that she is sad that TD is having trouble with his eyes. Writes that maybe TD's eye problems will enable him to rest his body. Tells TD that she thinks of EVD at 4 a.m. every morning. Assures TD that EVD's soul is the " glory of our comrade world. " Writes that she cringes at the ignorance that allowed EVD to go to prison. Says that she was happy to hear when EVD was sentenced because she thought that it would result in an uprising. Asks that TD give EVD her love.
Card from Katherine Debs, 12/17/27. Expresses the hope that Traubel has a Merry Christmas.
Letter from David Karsner, 1/10/23. Says that he did write anything on Horace Traubel's birthday except for this little note. Writes that he is sending it to Traubel with a complimentary copy of TALKS WITH DEBS IN TERRE HAUTE. Remarks that " Never, has long as I live, shall I do another biography." Includes a clipping from the NEW YORK CALL dated 12/19/22 saying that today marks the 64th anniversary of the birth of Horace Traubel who died on 9/8/19.
Letter from David Karsner, n.d. Says that he is sorry to learn that Traubel has been ill.
Letter from Stepen Marion Reynolds, 7/7/1899. Writes that he was happy to see Anne Traubel in New York City,
New York. Says that he made sure she got back to her hotel safely. Asks that Horace Traubel come to see him.
Tells Traubel that the evening he spent with him was too short. Remarks that he was glad that Traubel got his
letter regarding the best way to organize a Whitman Fellowship where he is. Writes that it does not look like
he will make it to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Letter from Stephen Marion Reynolds on Davis, Reynolds and Davis, Attorneys letterhead, 7/2/01. Writes that he would like 3 copies of Traubel's book. Says that he wished that he could share Traubel's trials and tribulations. Assures Traubel that his troubles are a " passing cloud. " Informs Traubel that he was made to suffer so as to make him stronger like smelted ore. Remarks that he does not think that personally he has suffered enough. Tells Traubel that he was asked to dine with a Mr. Jones, John Peter Altgeld, and Peter Kropotkin in April. Says that he was not able to go. Asks that Traubel tell him if he, Reynolds, could do any justice to any justice to a subject like EVD. Says that he might be too close to EVD to see him holistically. Mentions that he wants to write a piece about EVD for the CONSERVATOR. Writes that he knows what Walt Whitman means by that "wonderful God like" thing called "all inclusive love."
Letter from Stephen Marion Reynolds on Davis, Reynolds and Davis, Attorneys letterhead, 7/14/04. Says that Traubel's letter was waiting for him when he returned from the Western Writers' Association convention. Writes that he read a short story at the convention. Remarks that it will be appearing in a volume titled WAYSIDE TALES. Mentions that he was elected secretary of the Western Writers' Association for the next year. Remarks that when he was in Chicago, Illinois he had a great evening with Marguerite Springer. Writes that he must see Traubel soon. Tells Traubel that Edith Love married a Mr. Drake is now living in Muncie, Indiana.
Postcard to Gertrude Traubel, 4/25/08. Says that he is writing to send his greetings.
Letter from EVD on APPEAL TO REASON letterhead, 5/12/08. Writes that while he was honored to receive an invitation from the Whitman Fellowship that he is unable to accept it. Asks that Traubel send his greetings to all the members of the Whitman Fellowship. Assures Traubel that he takes it as a great compliment to be asked to attend the Whitman Fellowship's annual dinner. Remarks that the poetry of Walt Whitman is becoming more influential with each year.
Letter to EVD, 10/16/08. Says that he has not forgotten about EVD. Writes that wherever EVD goes his heart goes with him. Remarks that EVD is the bearer of a "holy message" and his path is guaranteed by the fates. Assures EVD that they shall be near together, just like the other night, again. Expresses the hope that EVD is strong for the fight.
Letter to TD, 10/21/08. Writes that he is again seeing rumors in the newspapers about EVD. Assures TD that he does not believe them. Says that EVD cannot be sick. Tells TD that he wants to anoint him with good cheer. Writes that TD's job is to make sure that EVD gets delivered home safely. Remarks that he will not let go of TD's hand.
Letter to TD, 10/21/08. Says that he is writing to send TD his love. Writes that when he puts his love in a man " he can do miracles with it."
Letter to EVD, 10/25/08. Says that he has tried not to love EVD but it he cannot help but to. Writes that their common dreams make them necessary to each other. Remarks that he is hard at work. Says that he owes the world so much and wants to give something back to it. Assures EVD that he is next to him. Asks that EVD not doubt his love.
Postcard from TD, 10/30/08. Says that he is writing from Woodstock Prison in Woodstock, Illinois, the home of a " certain agitator " a few years ago.
Letter to EVD, 11/1/08. Says that while others may be fooled by EVD, he is not. Asks that EVD accept his love.
Letter to TD, 11/3/08. Writes that he is sending TD an election song that he wrote.
Copy of letter to EVD on APPEAL TO REASON letterhead, 6/22/09. Writes that he is in Altoona, Pennsylvania with William Gable. Remarks that he heard about the death of EVD's sister. Says that he read EVD's "war-call" in the APPEAL TO REASON. Tells EVD that he is made for love, not war. Writes that EVD is always on the fighting line.
Letter to TD, 10/25/09. Says that EVD visited him in Altoona, Pennsylvania last night. Remarks that they had a good time last night. Tells TD that he should have been there. Mentions that he took TD's name in vain last night. Writes that he loves TD.
Letter to TD, 11/8/09. Says that he writes letters to other people not to please them as much to please himself. Remarks that he is in debt to TD and so he is sending him his love.
Letter to TD, 3/15/10. Writes that he is in Montreal, Canada for a few days. Says that TD is one of the invaluable presences in his life without whom he could not work. Tells TD that although he will not be in Camden, New Jersey when EVD speaks there he would like EVD to stay at his house.
Copy of letter from TD, 3/23/10. Assures Traubel that he received Traubel's message of love. Says that he wished he was worthy of the tribute Traubel paid to him in the copy of Walt Whitman's AN AMERICAN PRIMER that he sent him. Writes that he will treasure the book always. Remarks that without good friends life is a failure. Says that EVD was disappointed Traubel was away when he was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mentions that he is sending Traubel a list of EVD's speaking dates.
Copy of letter to William Gable, 4/18/10. Says that the world needs more men like William Gable and TD who work but do not exploit themselves. Writes that one day William Gable will meet TD and hear him swear. Remarks that then William Gable will see why he loves TD.
Tells William Gable that he loves a man who can swear right.
Copy of letter to William Gable, 4/26/10. Writes that he is glad that William Gable and TD are " stuck on each other." Says that TD is one of the men who lives in the background and works " in sacrificial ways in the interest of great causes." Remarks that TD is the kind of " saint " who is strong, but not brutal, and reverant in service. Mentions that William Gable is a similarly constituted man.
Postcard from EVD, 9/5/12. Says that he wished that Horace Traubel was with him in body as well as spirit.
Untitled poem, 12/19/14.
Letter from Stephen Marion Reynolds on Hotel Brevoort, New York City, New York letterhead, 1/18/15. Writes that he had a "beautiful" meeting at the Rand School. Says that the men and women whom he spoke to received his message most wonderfully. Remarks that he left the Rand School feeling renewed. Tells Traubel that he was hoping to see him and was disappointed to find he was gone. Says that his heart sank for a moment but he knew that Traubel was with him in spirit. Writes that it was great to see Traubel's wife, Anne Traubel and his daughter, Gertrude Traubel again.
Letter from Stephen Marion Reynolds on Hotel Brevoort, New York City, New York letterhead, 1/25/15. Says that he, Frank Bains, and John Cottman dined with I. Bucke recently. Tells Traubel that he attended a mass meeting protesting the arrest of the participants in the parade of the unemployed from the Hull House. Writes that a Reverend Tucker carried a banner saying, "Give us this day our daily bread." Assures Traubel that the meetings was tremendous.
Letter from EVD, 9/11/16. Writes that not a day passed that Traubel is not with him. Says that he is filled with the spirit of Traubel whenever he reads the CONSERVATOR. Assures Traubel that he is a blessing because his "strength never weakens" or his "courage never falters."
Letter from EVD, 11/14/16. Writes that Traubel makes him feel rich and royal even in defeat. Tells Traubel that although he never wants to serve in a public office he stands as a candidate from a sense of service. Assures Traubel that he is a great comrade. Includes a photograph of EVD taken in 1897.
Letter from EVD, 12/11/16. Asks that Traubel renew his subscription for another year. Says that like always he is writing Traubel out of love.
Letter from EVD, 12/16/16. Says that he, like Traubel, is opposed to a "nation carrying the weapons of murder about it as well as an individual." Writes that he is against the "whole diabolical program of human butchery." Remarks that he would like to see a nation have the moral courage to be a coward.
Letter from EVD, 12/18/16. Writes that he and TD have received Traubel's birthday cards. Says that they both bless the day that Traubel was given to the world.
Letter from EVD on Crown Hotel, Providence, Rhode Island letterhead, 3/7/17. Writes that Traubel's note made him happy. Remarks that he will make any kind of arrangement necessary to see Traubel. Says that William Gable is still the same. Mentions that he knows of no greater joy than being with Traubel. Includes a clipping from the NEW YORK GLOBE dated 12/13/16 saying that EVD has saluted Traubel as America's "master pacifist."
Letter from EVD, 3/19/17. Says that Traubel's handwriting is almost as "cryptic" as his own. Asks that Gertrude Traubel translate the letter for him so that he does not miss out on one word of it. Writes that he wants to talk to Traubel about Russia and a lot of other things.
Letter from EVD, 6/27/17. Says that he sending Traubel a review of William English Walling's book WHITMAN AND TRAUBEL. Writes that the review is not as well done as it could have been because he has been ill. Assures Traubel that he was greatly joyful to hear that Gertrude Traubel got married. Says that she is a wonderful girl and someone to be proud of.
Letter to TD, 11/26/18. Writes that he is not interested in the man behind the gun, but in the man behind love. Tells TD that this is why he is so interested in TD.
Letter to TD, 7/27/19. Says that he wrote EVD every day that he was in Moundsville, West Virginia. Tells TD that he stopped writing when David Karsner told him that EVD did not want his friends in prison with him. Assures TD that his heart and soul are with EVD wherever he is. Remarks that he is seriously ill and is not in very good shape at all. Says that despite his illness he still has intense feelings for TD, EVD, and Katherine Debs. Mentions that he has wanted to write TD sooner but that he has just been unable to. Writes that although he is physically disabled his spirit is good.
Poem titled "A Common Nuisance," n.d.
Trautmann, William E. :
Letter to EVD, 7/?/13. Writes that he has read EVD's article in the NEW YORK CALL about the West Virginia coal strike.
Says that EVD has committed an grave injustice against the rank and file members of the Industrial Workers of the World
in it. Remarks that he is no longer associated with Vincent St. John and the Industrial Workers of the World since their
" cooperation with some of the biggest capitalist interests of America" during the rubber strike in Akron, Ohio.
Informs EVD that the present state of the American labor movement is as much the fault of EVD as anyone else. Remarks that
with the growth of socialism in America it has become the task of the capitalist class to emasculate it through a strategy
of divide and conquer. Writes that the labor movement in the United States is nothing unless it is based upon socialist principles.
Assures EVD anything non-socialistic is a fraud. Says that ignorance is the only thing that leads many honest men and women to
believe that the Industrial Workers of the World is serving the interests of the proletariat. Tells EVD that every expelled
member of the Socialist Party or the Socialist Labor Party who declares themselves against political action is accepted with
open arms by Vincent St. John. Informs EVD that several of the Industrial Workers of the World's leaders are in the organization
to " get square with someone who had stepped on their toes." Remarks that "every scoundrel, every imposter,
every thief and felch " can participate in the Industrial Workers of the World as long as they praise Vincent St. John.
Writes that the Industrial Workers of the World's rank and file know little of this side of the organization. Assures EVD that
the Industrial Workers of the World's rank and file are not "perverts and soreheads and bums." Mentions that he
attacked the anti-political element in the Industrial Workers of the World at the organization's 1911 convention. Says that
the Industrial Workers of the World's press does not publish anything that gives the rank and file a true indication of what
is going on in the organization. Informs EVD that he is under indictment, with 3 others, in Boston, by the Massachusetts
Supreme Court for embezzling $20,000 from the Industrial Workers of the World funds. Writes that Vincent St. John is setting
them up. Says that he should not be held responsible for Vincent St. John's actions in the Lawrence Strike and the misuse of
funds in posting bail for Joe Ettor and Arturo Giovanitti, bailing out the INDUSTRIAL WORKER, among other things. Tells EVD
that when he took control of the Joe Ettor-Arturo Giovanitti Defense Fund on May 4th almost all it had been misused. Says
that he was glad that EVD came to the rescue by referring to the matter in his writings and speeches. Remarks that because
of EVD's help that he does not think that EVD has done anything wrong in West Virginia. Tells EVD that he warned the miners of
the Monongahela area not to leave the United Mine Workers of America for the Industrial Workers of the World but that they
did not listen. Says that it is time for someone to stop the corrupt element in the labor movement. Remarks that there
must be a thorough investigation of the Lawrence Strike Fund and the funds of the Joe Ettor-Arturo Giovinitti Defense Committee.
Informs EVD that the investigative committee should be composed the various groups that were instrumental in raising funds for
the Lawrence Strike, the Socialist Party, the Western Federation of Miners, the Socialist Labor Party, the Workingmen's Sick
and Death Benefit Society, the Arbeiter Ring, the Lithuanian Socialist Independent Federation, and the Italian Socialist
Federation. Says that after this investigative committee should issue a call for the Industrial Workers of the World to return
to the principles upon which it was founded in January of 1905. Asks that EVD help stop the "thieves, bummeries, the
agents provocateurs, the life-destroyers, the sasculottes of America" from preying on American workers. Mentions that
he is sending this letter to the PEOPLE and the NEW YORK CALL for publication.
Copy of letter from EVD, 7/11/13. Says that he does not have a lot of time to respond to Trautmann's letter. Asks that Trautmann explain what he meant when he stated that EVD classed Trautmann among the anti-political members of the Industrial Workers of the World. Writes that he does not remember ever making such a statement. Assures Trautmann that he has never questioned his integrity.
Letter to EVD, 11/1/21. Says that there is much more EVD could be doing now for the world than what he is doing in prison. Writes that the time has come to guard the masses against imperialist forces. Remarks that he has written a novel called HAMMERS OF HELL about the steel strike of 1909. Mentions that inspiration for this novel came from years of hard work in steel mills and other places. Says that EVD's role in the 1909 steel strike has not been left out. Tells EVD that he is sending him a complimentary copy. Asks that EVD write a review of the book.
Letter to EVD, 9/18/16. Writes that he has taken note of EVD's interest in his case with much pleasure. Says that if there is one reward in battling for the liberty of the working classes it is having the support of EVD, "the noblest, greatest, the valiant leader in the field." Tells EVD that he wants his voice to be by every worker in America. Remarks that the time has come for the slave to battle the master. Asks that EVD arouse the workers and take a stand against the steel trust, "the red blood thirsty monster." Asks that EVD excuse any mistakes there might be in the letter because this was his "first attempt" to write in English.
Trevino, Ricardo :
Letter to EVD on Confederacion Regional Obrera Mexicana letterhead, 10/6/24. Says that he is writing on behalf of the Confederacion Regional Obrera Mexicana, the Mexican Federation of Labor, to ask EVD to attend this organization's 6th annual convention in Chihuahua, Mexico during the week of 11/17/24. Mentions that following the convention the delegates will be going to Mexico City, Mexico to attend the inauguration of Plutarco Elias Calles as President of Mexico, the "first Chief Executive of a nation on this continent to be elected by Organized Labor."
Triay, F. C. :
Letter to TD on Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen letterhead, 10/21/26. Sends condolences on EVD's death. Says that he wants to be one of the first people to make a donation towards a memorial in EVD's honor.
Trinkle, Dr. and Mrs. :
Photocopy of postcard to TD, postmarked 8/28/08. Writes that he will be back in Terre Haute, Indiana next week
so TD will not have to "pull teeth much longer."
Letter to TD and Gertrude Debs, 10/23/26. Sends condolences on EVD's death.
Troilo, ? :
Telegram to TD, 10/23/26. Sends condolences on EVD's death on behalf of the Italian socialists of Hoboken, New Jersey.
Letter to EVD on Hotel Conant, Omaha, Nebraska letterhead, 11/2/20. Writes that today she cast her first vote.
Assures EVD that her vote went to him. Says that while EVD is greatly misunderstood that she understands him.
Tells EVD that prison bars cannot hold his soul. Writes that EVD's prison cell is a blessing not a curse.
Asks that EVD let her know if he needs anything. Says that EVD has a reformer's mind, the "Christ mind."
Remarks that EVD's job is to bring peace and joy to the world. Tells EVD that when he gets out of prison the Lord
will be with him. Informs EVD that she is not an orthodox Christian.
Letter to EVD on Kenmark Hotel, Denver, Colorado letterhead, 10/6/23. Writes that she was the little girl who once ate breakfast beside EVD. Asks that EVD not let any negative words about his health affect him. Mentions that she saw the Angel of Life hold EVD's hand as he spoke last night. Remarks that Walter DeFoe has called EVD another Jesus Christ.
Letter to EVD, n.d. Tells EVD that she received TD's letter today and in it was a note from EVD. Assures EVD that everyone who knows him loves him. Says that she is sending EVD some of her favorite books. Writes that EVD's language and life are all about love. Remarks that she has placed an order for a copy of DEBS AND THE POETS. Asks that God bless EVD. Mentions that she read EVD's article about women and wished that she had had 1,000,000 copies of it before the election.
Letter to TD on Hotel Conant, Omaha, Nebraska letterhead, n.d. Tells TD that EVD's soul is now free for eternity. Says that she is glad that she got the chance to clasp his hand in Denver, Colorado. Writes that the newspapers can say that EVD was to his ideals and was willing to suffer for them to make people more loving and unselfish. Sends condolences on EVD's death.
Tuck, H. C.,
Tuck, H. C., SEE Bradley, Charles
Tucker, Alan L.:
Letter to EVD, 11/8/20. Writes that he is sending EVD a picture of his father who was killed in an airplane crash. Says that his father, Herman Tucker, picketed the Democratic Convention on behalf of the starving people of Russia. Tells EVD that his father climbed the highest mountain of the Andes Mountains. Writes that he wished that EVD received more votes in the recent election. Mentions that when he was in New York City, New York he saw a freight train that said vote for EVD on it.
Letter to EVD, 3/2/20. Expresses the hope that he gets a chance to meet EVD some day. Writes that he is glad that he is going to the Walt Whitman School in Los Angeles, California. Says that he knows that EVD was of the Walt Whitman's best friends. Asks that EVD tell him if he is happy in prison. Remarks that his teacher said that EVD was in prison for making a speech. Mentions that he is 9 years old.
Tuell, Sudie P.:
Letter to TD, 1/26/16. Asks that TD go to the Vigo County Court House and find out the date of John Sparks' divorce
from Melissa Sparks. Says that she has made numerous requests for this piece of information but no one has given it to
her yet. Remarks that she needs this information for a pension claim for Kelly Cox Davis, John Spark's widow. Mentions
that John Sparks left Indiana under suspicious circumstances in 1878 and came to Henderson County, Kentucky under the name
John Davis. Mentions that she is acting as Kelly Cox Davis' attorney in this matter.
Copy of letter from TD, 1/27/16. Says that Melissa Sparks sued John Sparks for a divorce on 8/24/1875. Mentions that the case was dismissed on 4/24/1876. Remarks that this is all that he could find out about John Sparks' and Melissa Sparks' divorce at the County Clerk's office. Says that an old friend took them a storage room at the court house to see if the information could be found there. Writes that in these records he discovered that Melissa Sparks filed a second divorce suit on 12/5/1875. Informs Tuell that this suit was granted on 2/22/1877.
Letter to EVD on Ford Defense Committee letterhead, 1/8/26. Says that he received EVD's contribution of $5 for the Richard Ford Defense Fund.
Tumulty, Joseph Patrick:
Letter to Clarence Darrow on White House letterhead, 12/11/20. Writes that he received Clarence Darrow's letter regarding the case of EVD. Says that he has taken the liberty of giving it to the President.
Turner, John Kenneth:
Letter to EVD, 6/19/22. Says that he appreciated what EVD wrote to J. H. Hollingsworth about him. Writes that he followed EVD's arrest, trial, and career with great sympathy. Remarks that he has been reading the articles EVD has been writing in the SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER. Tells EVD that although he has not been "heard of a great deal " that he has not been idle for the past 5 "black years." Says that on the day that America declared war that he began working on a new book. Remarks that he has nursed the book so long that it is only coming out now. Tells EVD that he is sending him a complimentary copy. Writes that he is most anxious for EVD to read the book. Includes an advertisement for SHALL IT BE AGAIN? saying that John Kenneth Turner's book is the first which challenges the belief that American involvement in the war was an act of "pure righteousness."
Turner, Robert H. :
Letter to EVD, 2/2/21. Writes that EVD's application for executive clemency has been denied by the President
Note from EVD to TD, n.d. Asks that TD save Turner's letter. Informs TD that he never made an application for clemency. Writes that when one of the prisoners gets a letter like this at the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia he usually turns pale and almost faints away because it serves to seal the prisoner's fate. Asks that TD send a copy of this letter to Otto Branstetter.
Tusing, Hilbert Lee
Tusing, Hilbert Lee SEE Augusto, Allie
Photocopy of postcard from TD, 12/24/07. Says that he is writing to wish TD a Merry Christmas.
Photocopy of postcard to TD, 6/30/08. Says that he received the paper TD sent him.
Photocopy of postcard to TD, 7/19/08. Says that he was sorry he was away from home when EVD came there to speak. Writes that she has not yet received the letter his wife forwarded from TD.
Photocopy of postcard to TD, postmarked 8/9/08. Writes that he never received TD's letter.
Photocopy of postcard to TD, 8/9/08. Says that he is doing well in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Tells TD that he will write him more fully when he gets time.
Photocopy of postcard to EVD, 9/2/08. Says that he is sending EVD a bouquet.
Letter to TD, 5/20/21. Writes that he has received TD's letter discussing his position on the differences that exist
in the amnesty movement. Says that it is a bad idea for TD inform EVD on the amnesty movement's current state of affairs.
Remarks that something must be done, for the sake of all the political prisoners, to forestall another outburst by Lucy Robins.
Tells TD that the way that Lucy Robins boasts about her relationship with EVD is placing the warden of the Federal Penitentiary
in Atlanta, Georgia in an embarrassing position. Says that Lucy Robins is a "menace" and something needs to be
done to keep her quiet. Informs TD that Max Pine has been brought up against charges for "conduct unbecoming a Socialist.
" Says that the amnesty campaign in New York has affected the relationship between socialists and trade unions. Remarks
that the amnesty question has come down to using Samuel Gompers' tactics or the Socialist Party's. Mentions that Samuel Gompers'
tactics were supported by both the Cloakmakers' Union and the United Hebrew Trades. Writes that Samuel Gompers was supported
by these organizations because Lucy Robins told them that EVD "placed complete confidence in her and her organization
as opposed to the Amnesty organization of the Socialist Party." Says that he wanted a letter from EVD saying how much
he appreciates the work the Socialist Party has done on behalf of amnesty because he wants to show how Lucy Robins and Samuel
Gompers have misled the various labor groups supporting them. Assures TD that he will not press the matter further.
Copy of letter from TD, 5/25/21. Says that he appreciated the spirit with which Tuvim wrote his letter. Tells Tuvim that he has not changed his mind regarding his position on the differences that have come to manifest themselves in the amnesty movement, especially since there is some indication that the Department of Justice will act. Assures Tuvim that an open rupture in the amnesty movement will not help political prisoners' chance for release. Informs Tuvim that the stories circulating around about Lucy Robins are "too silly to merit denial." Remarks that he is grateful that Tuvim understands his position.
Telegram to EVD, 12/25/15. Asks that EVD accept the Socialist Party's nomination and save the people from militarism.
Poem titled "Love Is Immortal" to EVD, n.d.
Tymcio, A. :
Letter to EVD, 11/15/20. Says that while most of the votes went to others in the recent election most of the love went to EVD. Writes that it is a consolation that EVD and others like him persist in such a money crazed country.