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In this personal letter to Hammond, Berry discusses the progress at Pilgrim Hall and her honorary doctorate from the University of North Carolina. She states that she would love to have Mr. Cutting come visit the school, and asks her for her help in persuading him. She speaks of her hopes for a gift of at least $1 million from Mr. Ford, in place of one Mr. Ochs promised.
Hollenback regrets that other commitments and financial losses make it impossible for her to contribute to endowing a day in honor of Dr. Taylor at this time.
Berry sends Miss Neal a telegram urgently telling her to see Mr. Ochs' secretary about the Pictorial Review Award.
William McAdoo writes to Martha Berry and asks her to give him some information how the interest from his $1000 gift to the school is being used to awarded the best debater.
La Verne thanks Berry for the gourd for her play and suggests a surgeon who is "a perfect wizard" at removing scars that Berry's sister may have gotten in her car accident. She promises to speak to her friends about the Berry Schools.
Berry requests details about a celebration in honor of Adolph Ochs. She plans to be in Chattanooga at the time and things that Ochs is one of the greatest men in the country.
Emily V. Hammond says she has asked Mr. Starr to go on the pilgrimage, but she does not think he will accept. She also sends a list of those attending and requests that Mrs. Pennybacker be placed in a cottage close to hers.
Berry thanks Achelis for facilitating a conversation with Miss Moore, who has committed to trying to convince Mr. Harkness to support Berry in spite of his conviction not to support Southern mountain schools. Berry summarizes events related to Adolph Ochs and the million dollar campaign, which was ended when the school declined to disclose their full list of donors for fear of losing yearly operating funds. Apparently in response to Achelis' statement that "complications invariably arise when Christians accept financial assistance from Jews," Berry comments that she likes Ochs very much personally and sometimes feels it was a mistake not to give Ochs the list. Berry asks that the information about Ochs be kept confidential and thanks Achelis for her recent contribution.
Achelis inquires about the failure of the endowment fund and offers her opinion that the withdrawal of Mr. Ochs is a "blessing in disguise" and a "lucky escape." Achelis comments that complications invariably arise when Christians accept financial assistance from Jews.
Martha Berry encloses an article about donations from John D. Rockefeller to the Rabun Gap Industrial School and the Nacoochee Institute, schools she refers to as failures, and seeks Albert Shaw's aid in making Berry's case to Rockefeller. She also suggests that Shaw might interest financier and philanthropist George F. Baker in donating to Berry. She is eager to establish a million dollar endowment for Berry, referring to a failed plan for Mr. Ochs to make such a donation.
Berry thanks Ochs for his gift, forwarded to her by Emily Vanderbilt Hammond.
Ochs encloses a check for $15,000, completing his $25,000 commitment. Written on New York Times stationery.
Letter stating that John D. Rockefeller, Jr. declines to give to Berry College because of the work he already does through the General Education Board, although many friends have brought Martha Berry's work to his attention. Rockefeller encloses a confidential memorandum from the General Education Board so that she may more completely understand their point of view for declining to contribute to Berry.