17 April 1903
Mr. Andrew Carnegie
2 East 91st St.
New York City
Referring to your gift of $10,000 to the Village of Wilmette for library purposes, I beg to call your attention to the fact that we have at least two sites which are available for library purposes, one of which is now the property of the village.
Several members of the Village Board inquired whether you would be willing to allow anything that savors of a joint building, that is a building so constructed that proper quarters could be set apart for municipal purposes, or whether a building could be erected so that another building could be erected immediately back of, and practically attached to it, which latter building could be used for village purposes, and which, of course, would be constructed at the expense of the village, the $10,000 donated by you being expended in the library building, this double building, as it were, to constitute a symmetrical whole.
The site belonging to the Village is an equilateral triangle, each side of which is about 200 feet. Consequently, the lot is eminently fitted for a good-sized structure.
An early reply, so that I may perfect the matter of site, will be appreciated.
Very truly yours
F. H. Drury, Secretary