Letter from Charles Moore to Edward Bennett regarding proofs of Chapters I-V for the Plan of Chicago


Letter from Charles Moore to Edward Bennett regarding proofs of Chapters I-V for the Plan of Chicago


Plan of Chicago prepared under the direction of the Commercial club during the years 1906, 1907, and 1908


Moore details status of chapter revisions of Plan of Chicago. He also updates Bennett on events in a meeting with the Committee while making revisions.


Moore, Charles, 1855-1942


Marcia O. and Edward H. Bennett III Collection




Marcia O. and Edward H. Bennett III Collection (Lake Forest College)








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University Club. Detroit
Feb. 14, 1909

My Dear Mr. Bennett,

I hope your outing has done you good and that you have come back prepared for the strenuous finish. I had a few hours with the committee two weeks ago today. They had got from Mr. Donnelly rough proofs which they corrected typographically and in all other ways. Their work was quite impartial. They found fault with a quotation from Mr. W. D. Howells [William Dean Howells], who is regarded as the master writer in American today, just as they fell on Mr. Burnham and me. The Drainage Canal was a stench in their nostrils and they would have none of it in the reports. Some of their suggestions were excellent.
We had some arguments about the desirability of treating? everything from a commercial stand? point; and when it was suggested that if they proposed to eliminate it altogether the idea of beauty, they should destroy the better portion of the pictures they saw the point.
At the suggestion or request of Mr. Norton I got the Century to take an article for the June number. The editor suggests Mr. Hamlin Garland as the writer. I don't know how that will strike the committee, for I believe he is a prophet without honor at home.
Now to report progress: I have sent back all of the proofs of the chapters one to five inclusive, except Transportation, which is in the hands of the committee for revision. Also I have sent proofs of the 1st half of Chapter VI- "Streets within the City." I have sent copy for everything except the last chapter and the final summing up of Chapter VII -- The Heart of Chicago.
Now where is Mr. Burnham? When will he reach Chicago?
The proofs should have your very careful revision so far as streets? ele? go as well as for everything else; and any suggestions you make looking to a closer tying the text to the illustrations will make for harmony and effectiveness. Of course Mr. Burnham will wish to go over the whole matter before it goes to press finally. I am much at sea about many things especially in the Heart of Chicago Chapter. That will need very careful revision to make it express clearly Mr. Burnham's and your views.

With very best wishes.
Sincerely yours,
Charles Moore

Original Format

paper and ink

Physical Dimensions

2 leaves : 27.6 x 17.3 cm (10 7/8 x 67/8 in)




Moore, Charles, 1855-1942, “Letter from Charles Moore to Edward Bennett regarding proofs of Chapters I-V for the Plan of Chicago,” Digital Collections - Lake Forest College, accessed June 17, 2019, http://collections.lakeforest.edu/items/show/2083.

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