Letter from William Haywood to F. Little concerning the I.W.W.'s position on the war and the upcoming Convention in Denver. It was originally used in the trial of the United States vs. William D. Haywood, et al. This exhibit was part of the deposition of John W. Hughes for the Michael Simmons vs. the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad Company.
UA Special Collections AZ 114 Box 1, folder 1, exhibit 50.
F. H. Little
Yours of the 24th. to hand, and the contents of same noted with care.
In reply will say, that I note with pleasure that you have got the Branch of #800 going in Butte, but that you have not yet received the Charter, I will say that the Charter has been sent, and you should have received same by this time.
In regard to sending Moore down to Arizona, will say he is already there, and well on the job, received a wire from him to-day, saying he had secured the release of all the prisoners in Prescott, He is now going up to Globe, Miami and Bisbee, expect a report from him from these places soon.
In regard to the Statement of the Board on War, will say, after the statement in this week’s Solidarity by the Editor it would be superfluous to publish the statement of the Board, as it is practically the same and covers the same essential points as “Solidarity’s” statement.
Note what you say about the Craft Unions scabbing in Butte, and echo what you say, “But what can you expect from that bunch.”
In regard to the Conference in Denver, I am afraid that as far as we are concerned we shall not be able to participate in that Convention. Perry says the Branches of #800 will not be able to afford the mileage and expenses of any delegates, and as #490 only figures upon sending one man, and all that #800 could send would be one delegates, it seems as far as we are concerned, we shall not be represented. I think myself, that Butte was and is the logical place for such a conference, it is adjacent to the great mining belt of the Couer-D-Allene country, and would be just as centrally located for us, as Denver, and then you are right there.
However you will explain matters in Butte, showing how, owing to the various strikes now on, we are unable to finance delegates to the Conference.
With best wishes, I remain.
Yours for the O.B.U.
Sec’y Treas. I.W.W.