Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from J. A. D. McCurdy to Alexander Graham Bell, July 28, 1907
Now suppose it was thought that if the Association was formed as outlined in his presence it would be a hinderance and not a help to you in your work. If as you suggested you should simply hire your assistants paying Curtiss say $5,000.00 a year, do you suppose for a minute that Curtiss would think it advantageous for him to accept. If the scheme was successful would he as an assistant get any credit from the world and would he be any better known. No I think not. He would of course get a share in the profits (supposing there were any) but there he is taking a chance as against a sure thing in the business he now controls and where his name is being brought before the world more every day.
It is my opinion that Mr. Curtiss would not consider at all the proposition in any other light than as an Association.
Now as to the control, you as one of the workmen and as capital will hold 51% of the interest, and will therefore be supreme in all decisions. In this I am going to extreme and supposing that the would be such a difference of opinion as would have to be decided by vote. I think we all recognize your higher knowledge of this subject and would act more in the capacity of a council. After everybody has had his say and put forward his ideas you would of course decide definitely what was to be done, and supposing it was in some construction work, you would decide the general plan and Mr. Curtiss with his before mentioned knowledge of practical construction would boss the job and set each one of us young fellows to work, and so