Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Charles J. Bell to Alexander Graham Bell, January 20, 1917
AMERICAN SECURITY AND TRUST COMPANY
CAPITAL AND SURPLUS
CORCORAN THOM, VICE PRESIDENT
H. S. REESIDE, VICE PRESIDENT
CHARLES E. HOWE, TREASURER
WILLIAM W. KECK, ASST. TREASURER
JOHN G. HOLDEN, AUDITOR
WASHINGTON, D. C.
Dr. Alexander Graham Bell
My dear Alec:
I enclose herewith a letter just received from Mr. McCurdy in which he now makes, for the Curtiss Aeroplane Company, a definite offer of $4000. cash, $25,000. in preferred stock and $25,000. in common stock of the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Corporation, for the A.E.A. patents, and states in his letter that he and Mr. Curtiss believe the offer should be accepted. As you are the more largely interested in the matter than any one else, from a financial point of view, will you not advise me what your wishes are.
As I have informed you before, the Curtiss Company is by no means in strong financial condition, but it is quite possible that if the war keeps up a complete change in their affairs might take place and their stock become valuable, so that there is a speculative possibility. I have written Douglass telling him that I would reply to his letter on Monday, so if you will telephone me sometime to-morrow afternoon when you can see me, we might talk the matter over.