Jesse L. Smith
The Geographic Society of ChicagoJESSE L.SMITH,PRESIDENT POST OFFICE BOX 223OSCAR D.WHALIN.CON SECY. FOUNDED 1894CHICAGOof your acceptance of an invitation from our Society, I trust that my good intent will at least be apparent. We wish very much that it might be possible for you to be the guest of honor at our annual banquet to be given at the Auditorium in Chicago sometime during either the last week in October or the first week in November. Perhaps we might try to tempt you by setting the date nearer to October 20, which is usually the climax of the autumn coloration in this region!Aside from your appearing on the program at the banquet, our Society would make no claim upon your time, but the Directors of our Society representing the staff of the University of Chicago, of Northwestern University, of Field Museum, and of important down-town clubs, would gratefully appreciate any opportunity to make your stay in Chicago as pleasant as the resources of the city and its beautiful suburbs will permit. The Society would be pleased to contribute two hundred dollars towards your expenses.Dr. Dorsey representing the Field Museum of Natural History and Dr. J. Paul Goode representing the University of Chicago have authorized me to make inquiry whether or not you would be willing to come as the guest of these two institutions also. If you could give a favorable reply, then formal invitations would be sent by the proper authorities. It is probable that the University of Chicago would wish you to address the student body at some convenient time and the Field Museum would wish to put you down for one of their Saturday afternoon04561
1909 Aug 16
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.
Reel 18, Image 0668
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