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Clarence Darrow to D. C. Stephenson, April 14, 1931

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Clarence Darrow
April 15th

D. C. Stephenson

My dear Sir:

I have been out of the country more than a year since I promised to go and see you, and have many times thought of you and my broken promise to go and see you. On my way home I stopped to see a friend of mine in New York. He is an Indiana man well known and influential in Indiana. He felt as I do that there was no possible excuse for you being in prison on the charge under which you were convicted. He also said that if I would undertake the case he would help me, which he could do.

If you want me to go and see you about it, I will drive doen to Michigan City. For this there will be no charge. The ideas that you have apparently s stood for are as far away from my views as one can possibly imagine, but I believe in fair play and I have a very strong feeling that you have not had it.

Very truly yours,

Clarence Darrow

Clarence Darrow

1537 East 60th Street

Chicago, Illinois