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$25 SENT -

Mrs.  Christian R. Holmes
1107 Fifth Avenue
New York City 

 March 7, 1934

Mr. Germain Seligmann
3 East 51st Street.

My dear Mr. Seligmann,-

The New York Philharmonic Society was established almost a century ago, and for the first time in its history the Directors are appealing to the general public for financial assistance.

These are shifting times and to maintain even a traditional institution like the New York Philharmonic Symphony Society we must shift with these changing conditions.

The excessive financial demands for unemployment and general relief work and other influences due to the present day economic conditions make it impossible for individuals or small groups of individuals to continue to be the sole supporters of many of the charities and philanthropies which they have hitherto generously carried,- the story of our Orchestra is a parallel to other philanthropies.

To insure continuance there must be a more equable distribution of interest in which love of music and civic pride should equally share. 

The enclosed editorial graphically tells the story. 

The S.O.S. to "Save Our Symphony" goes forth to the large radio audience privileged to listen in from Coast to Coast. In addition the directors of the Philharmonic Symphony are appealing as well to ALL LOVERS OF THE BEST THERE IS IN MUSIC AND TO ALL CIVIC MINDED CITIZENS OF NEW YORK, to help fight the dire calamity which threatens this ancient and supreme organization. It is a New York Institution which redounds to the cultural credit of our great City, and our civic pride should prompt us to come to the rescue. The radio audience is enthusiastically doing its share,- we must do ours.

The Committee will be grateful for your contribution,- amounts subscribed vary from small sums to hundreds and thousands. Any amount will be gratefully received, but it is essential to have large as well as small contributions if we are to attain our objective.

Payments can be made in one year or the amount may be apportioned for the three year period for which this fund of $500,000 will assure the continuance of the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.

As a member of the Steering Committee of the Philharmonic Symphony Campaign, I shall personally appreciate your prompt and favorable responce [[response]]. 

Very sincerely yours,

Bettie J. Holmes
Mrs. Christian R. Holmes

P.S. Please help us to carry on - we of New York must not fail the large radio audience to whom our Symphony concerts mean so much and who are really doing their share magnificently.
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