[Letter] 1919 March 15, New York [to] Mr. Markham

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[Letter] 1919 March 15, New York [to] Mr. Markham


Norton, Grace Fallow, 1876-1926
Socialist Party of New York


Branch invites Markham for a visit to celebrate Markham's birthday as well as hold a Socialist rally. Branch also mentions her acquaintance, Becker, an Alderman of the Socialist party.


Branch, Anna Hempstead, 1875-1937


Edwin Markham Archive, Horrmann Library




Wagner College, Staten Island, NY


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March 15, 1919
Dear Mr. Markham,
We are remembering that your birthday is in April – and we are looking forward to celebrating it. That will be one of the most joyful events that ever occurred at Christodora House. There is another way, too, in which we need your help. The Socialistic and Bolshevistic elements in this locality are very strong. I have become acquainted, through the Tompkins Square News with Mr. Becker, elected Alderman by the Socialist Party. He is the leader of thousands of men in this locality and if he could know you – and get the feeling of your philosophy - it might mean a great deal to this district. He is really a very interesting man. The “News” is already becoming a power in the neighborhood. We want to find the leaders in each line of thought and help them to reach the highest – each in his own line. For there is always a common ground in the highest – I do believe – even when the methods of reaching it are in opposition. Could you and Mrs. Markham arrange to come to us Saturday - April 5 – and stay over Sunday? Then we could have the birthday party one night and our socialist rally, another night. We cannot hold such a rally except under the leadership of someone like yourself. It will be in the nature of a forum - allowing an opportunity for different lines of thought to express themselves. It seems absolutely essential to the well being of this locality that there shall be a sort of clearing house of ideas and ideals – but you will of course see how important it is that I should be under the highest sort of leadership. We want to begin to work with these things now, could you telephone an answer? It will be a great good thing to see you both again. Your names are often on our lips - and in our hearts as well.
Ever your friend – Anna H. Branch
If these dates are impossible – could you let us know what dates are possible. Just at present Grace Fallow Norton is with us – author of Little Gray Songs of St. Joseph.

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