March 11, 1941
Dear Mr. Stewart: As you are aware, labor leaders are not persecuted in this country. Indeed, they enjoy a large share of immunity under our laws and from the present administration. Communism is dangerous, however, in men who occupy key positions in industry, for American communism is a conspiracy to overthrow our democratic government and is at present working in cooperation with the Nazi war on civilization. If Mr. Bridges is not and has not been a communist, he has nothing to lose by an investigation. If he is or has been one he should not be allowed to occupy his present position. My impression is that many communists are taking cover under tolerant democratic laws which they would destroy if they were in power.
I would like to ask you a question. Can you assure me personally that Mr. Bridges is not and has not been a communist?
April 21, 1941
Dear George: 1 Please forgive the delay in answering your very simple question. I looked up the lines from Valley Forge in the original manuscript and found that they had been written merely as part of a speech and without preparation. They did not end the play--several other speeches followed. When the play was presented, however, the