Henry George and My Father
Emilia Houghton Delford
[A letter written from Duluth Minnesota, dated 7 June
1943, to Anna George DeMille, daughter of Henry George]
My dear Mrs. DeMille:
Your letter received this morning. I cannot let you remain under the
misconception that I was critical of your father's efforts or
writings. My own father was too intelligent and too well educated to
have approved anything along those lines that would not stand up
against the test of time, although he was barely out of medical
I did not mean that my father helped yours write. I do know that he
talked and listened. My father had many ideas that fitted in with your
father's theories on Single Tax, with which I have no quarrel and my
father wrote many articles himself on many subjects.
It was the theories on labor and their so-called rights that my
father and Tom Sandford were wont to thrash over to which I referred.
Their theories were the beginnings of the labor situation which laid
the foundation for the strike of the miners. I have always blamed tom
Sandford for abandoning his family to travel over the country to talk
on soapboxes to "help the world". It's all right to be
altruistic and to hope to make things better in this world but one's
family comes first.
I know that my father gave much of his time and effort to helping
your father in that tragic second campaign for the mayoralty of New
York City. I believe both my father and yours should have belonged to
this generation and they might have accomplished much. But not for "True
Democracy". I still object to those words as they do not have a
true meaning. This was a republic a few years ago and I hope to high
heaven it returns to a republic when the demi-gods and bureaucrats in
Washington have done with it. A democracy is not for a whole people.
The minority have no rights in a democracy and so are as completely
crushed as in a totalitarian state from which it is only one step
Very sincerely yours,