RPW to Clarie Collins Harvey letter 11/19/64
Follow-up questions about businesses in McComb, MI, and the presence of the press at an organizing meeting.
RPW to Clarie Collins Harvey letter 11/19/64 searchable textCollapse
November 19, 1964.
Dear Mrs. Harvey:
I’m going to bother you once more, with a few questions. May I?
(1) I see that there has been a statement from white citizens of McComb. What is thought to be the significance of this? Does it seem to presage any kind of break-through?
(2) I am very anxious to get some information about the Savings and Loan Company at 1075 Lynch Street, management, history, capitalization, ownership – nothing except what would be ordinary data. But how do I get this? Is it handy to you? If not, can you give me the name of the company?
(3) Are there one or two shops at 1075? I know that there is a shoe store, but what of the other? If there is another? My notes on this are at fault.
(4) The morning you took me to the meeting at the Masonic auditorium, when we first came in, I noticed a card table over to out [sic] left as we entered with two or three men seated at it, with paper. I took them to be white men, probably from the press. When we came out the table had been removed and the men weren’t there. Who would know about this? And would you happen to remember this? If they were press, had they been asked to leave?
(5) How do you assess – and do others assess – the effect particularly the long-range effect, of the summer?
My sister-in-law, Eunice Jessup – Mrs. Knox Jessup – is very much involved in raising money around here for a community house at McComb, and it seems that the project will be successful. [S]he hopes to be in Mississippi in early December. I should like very much to have her call on you. I am sure that you all would hit it off. May I send her to you?
Many thanks, and with warm regards to you and Mr. Harvey.
Very sincerely yours,
[signature, Robert Penn Warren]Collapse