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Dear Irving:

     I am glad to get your letter of October 29th and am sorry I have not written you earlier but am enclosing several letters which were written before I received this.  Two of them I wrote in the summer: the one which Arthur Hayes suggested and I held up as I told you until I had a chance to read the book, the other one although dated on the 4th was written about a week ago but I did not like to send it until I had a chance to cool off.

     Now comes your letter of the 29th and indicates you think I should not have been surprised at the book because of what you told me in the summer.  It is true you said thee would be things I  would not like.  It is true I said I expected it but I did not expect so many:

     I do not like the inference that one of my children was his favorite.
     I do not like some many of the stories and remarks you credit to him.
     I do not like many of the references you have made about Ruby buying clothes in some one else's name, painting the carpet, etc.
     I do not like the frequent references to various women who attracted him.
     I do not like the careless inaccuracies, as for example, the reference to John Brown who was hanged when Father was two years old.
     I do not like many of your references to my Mother.

     Whether things like the above are helpful in getting a good picture of my Father, even if they are true, I am, of course, unable to say.  Like my Mother I never claimed to be one of the intellectuals.  I knew them.

     I had not intended to go into this detail until receiving your letter of October 29th because these criticisms are not important and are forgotten in the fine, clear picture you have painted of him.

     I haven't asked Judge Wilson what the world thinks of the book but I have heard from many of the family and close friends of Father's and without exception the book made them angry,--the closer the friendship the angrier they are.

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Law Offices

105 West Adams Street

November 1, 1941

Dear Neighbors:

     For the last fifteen years and upwards I have practiced law in Cook County.  For fifteen years I have lived in the neighborhood.
     Accordingly, trusting that you will not take it amiss, I venture to suggest that at the coming election on November 4th, you should vote for the candidates for judges endorsed by the Chicago Bar Association.  After weeks of consideration by its Committee on Judicial Candidates and its Board of Managers, the opinion of the Association was taken by secret ballot; and the marked ballot I enclose is the result.
     It is your purpose, I assume, to vote for those best qualified for judgeship irrespective of party affiliations.  Under the law you are at liberty to take the list with you into the polling both and to guide yourself thereby in selecting the candidates for whom you vote.  You will note that the recommendations are non-partisan; this on the ground that politics should not enter into the selection of judges.
     I am

Sincerely your neighbor,

Samuel G. Clawson