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October 13, 1941

Mr. Maurice Berkson
77 West Washington Street
Chicago, Illinois

Dear Mr. Berkson:

Irving Stone sent me a copy of "CLARENCE DARROW FOR THE DEFENSE".  I have not had time to read it but have checked over some of the parts which in the section "Sources" are shown to originate with me.  In two places particularly I would call your attention to errors.

On Page 21 he mentions that James Roberts "absconded with the lawbooks Jessie had bought her husband".  I made no statement to that effect.  I do not believe it is true.  I have never heard from either my father or mother any but the kindest references towards James Roberts.

On Page 179 regarding the Bank of America I am quoted as saying "Then the officers started grafting and putting in bad loans".  The only statement I have ever made is that some of the officers and one of the directors put in bad loans.  Part of the officers were not guilty of this.  One of the officers was very helpful with information which avoided further loss. I had no information that any officer "grafted".

Since the above statements are very dangerous to make even though many years have elapsed since the bank episode and still more on the Roberts episode, I think best to call it to your attention at once.  I doubt whether there will be any trouble from either, but should trouble arise I would not substantiate the statements in the book.

I am sorry this misunderstanding happened and particularly sorry that I had no chance to go over the manuscript prior to publication.

I have notified Doubleday, Doran & Company as well as Irving Stone.

Kindly acknowledge receipt of this letter.

Very truly yours,

P E Darrow