Minnewaukan, North Dakota
September 15, 1912.
Dear Mr. Gillette:
Since I left the University the practical side of my nature has won a complete victory over the academic, and I have become a Socialist. For some time I have been pondering over this complete change of front, trying to trace the influences which brought it about; and it seems that so far as I am able to judge now it was your social psychology class which sowed the seeds of dissolution. Perhaps the result was not direct, but I simply learned to think in that half-year. At any rate I want to ask you whether or not my present position is sound from the point of view of one who has spent a life-time on the subject of social life? Is there any other way out?
Mrs. Anderson sends her regards--she is also a Socialist by the way, and we intend the boy to have liberal education along that line. 2 Do you remember that I gave a report on The Leisure Class by Veblen? A sister of Mrs. Veblen's, Mrs. Shellenberger, lives here, and we have come to know her very well. We hope to see you again.
Sincerely, Maxwell Anderson