In 1941, 19 year old Edith Carr wrote a fan letter to Percy Keese Fitzhugh. Below is a scan of the letter that Percy sent in reply as well as the full text of the letter.





Percy Keese Fitzhugh

               HACKENSACK  ORADELL



August 22, 1941


My dear Miss Carr


 I am sorry that this reply to your friendly and complementary letter has been deferred so long.


Since you speak about your favorite among my characters, it may interest you know that Hervey Willetts is my own favorite.


No I have not written any stories for some time for, alas, I am not like my characters - I cannot stay young forever.


To answer your question about the first Tom Slade story: This was originally a photo play and the scenario, as they call it, was given to me to me to put in the form of a story. I did not follow the movie script very closely, and there was indeed no resemblance between the story and the screen version. The photo play has long since been forgotten, but the book was popular for many years and became the initial story in the long series of Tom Slade books. Some of my stories have lately been published in cheap editions and the one you mention is among them.


You seem to be a little puzzled about several titles mentioned in "Who's Who" which you cannot find in the stories. In one or two instances the titles have been changed after being given to "Who's Who" which is an error to be corrected in subsequent editions.


I am afraid I cannot help you find the books you want and would suggest that you consult a book dealer in your neighborhood who can procure them for you if they are not out of print. Or you might write direct to the publishers.


Thank you very much for the kind things you say and I am always hoping that, if my health permits, I shall write more. I am always glad to know when my stories appeal to grown people, so I am pleased that your father also enjoys them. You do not mention your own age, but I assume from your interesting letter that you perhaps are grown up also - or perhaps of High School age.


I send a picture of myself and thank you again.



Percy Keese Fitzhugh


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                                    Edith Carr age 19

This Timeline is based on information gathered from several sources such as birth, death, marriage, and census records as well as copyright data.









The Golden Rod Story-Book

The Story of Ethan Allen, the Green Mountain Boy

The Story of General Anthony Wayne (Mad Anthony), the Hero of Stony Point

The Story of General Johann De Kalb

The Story of General Richard Montgomery; Tale of the Invasion of Canada

The Story of John Paul Jones



The Story of General Francis Marion (The Bayard of the South)

The Story of a Fight from Concord Bridge to a Field at Yorktown (Hugh Lloyd)



The Galleon Treasure

King Time; or, the Mystical Land of the Hours

The Little American Farmer



Along the Mohawk Trail


For Uncle Sam, Boss


In the Path of LaSalle


Tom Slade Boy Scout (of the Moving Pictures)



Uncle Sam's Outdoor Magic: Bobby Cullen with the Reclamation Workers



Tom Slade at Temple Camp
Tom Slade on the River

The Boys' Book of Scouts


Tom Slade with the Colors
Tom Slade on a Transport
Tom Slade with the Boys Over There
Tom Slade Motorcycle Dispatch Bearer


Tom Slade with the Flying Corps

From Appomattox to Germany: Pictures of the Great Events in a Wonderful Half-Century


Tom Slade at Black Lake
Roy Blakeley
Roy Blakeley's Adventures in Camp
Roy Blakeley Pathfinder
Roy Blakeley’s Camp on Wheels
Roy Blakeley’s Silver Fox Patrol


Tom Slade on Mystery Trail
Roy Blakeley’s Motor Caravan
Roy Blakeley Lost, Strayed or Stolen


Tom Slade’s Double Dare
Roy Blakeley’s Bee-Line Hike
Roy Blakeley at the Haunted Camp
Pee-wee Harris
Pee-wee Harris on the Trail
Pee- wee Harris in Camp
Pee- wee Harris in Luck
Pee- wee Harris Adrift


Tom Slade on Overlook Mountain
Roy Blakeley’s Funny Bone Hike
Pee-wee Harris F O B Bridgeboro


Roy Blakeley's Tangled Trail
Tom Slade Picks a Winner
Pee-wee Harris, Fixer
Westy Martin
Westy Martin in the Yellowstone


Tom Slade at Bear Mountain
Roy Blakeley on the Mohawk Trail
Pee-wee Harris As Good As His Word
Westy Martin in the Rockies


Tom Slade Forest Ranger
Roy Blakeley’s Elastic Hike
Pee-wee Harris Mayor for a Day
Westy Martin on the Santa Fe Trail


Tom Slade in the North Woods
Roy Blakeley’s Roundabout Hike
Pee-wee Harris and the Sunken Treasure

Hervey Willetts


Tom Slade at Shadow Isle
Blakeley Happy-Go-Lucky Hike
Pee-Wee Harris on the Briny Deep
Westy Martin on the Old Indian Trail

Skinny McCord


Tom Slade in the Haunted Cavern
Roy Blakeley Go as You Please Hike
Pee-wee Harris in Darkest Africa
Westy Martin in the Land Of The Purple Sage

Spiffy Henshaw

Wigwag Weigand


The Parachute Jumper a Tom Slade Story, (aka: The Parachute Jumper)
Roy Blakeley’s Wild Goose Chase
Pee-wee Harris Turns Detective
Westy Martin on the Mississippi

Lefty Leighton

Mark Gilmore

The Story of Terrible Terry


Roy Blakeley Up in the Air
Westy Martin in the Sierras
The Hermit of Gordon's Creek [Hal Keen] (Hugh LLOYD)
Kidnapped in the Jungle [Hal Keen] (Hugh LLOYD)
The Copperhead Trail Mystery [Hal Keen] (Hugh LLOYD)
The Smuggler's Secret [Hal Keen] (Hugh LLOYD)
The Mysterious Arab [Hal Keen] (Hugh LLOYD)

Mark Gilmore, Speed Flyer

Mark Gilmore’s Lucky Landing


The Lonesome Swamp Mystery [Hal Keen] (Hugh LLOYD)
the Clue at Skeleton Rocks [Hal Keen] (Hugh LLOYD)


The Doom of Stark House [Hal Keen] (Hugh LLOYD)
the Lost Mine of the Amazon [Hal Keen] (Hugh LLOYD)


The Mystery at Dark Star Ranch [Hal Keen] (Hugh LLOYD)
Among the River Pirates [Skippy Dare] (Hugh LLOYD)

Held for Ransom [Skippy Dare] (Hugh LLOYD)
Prisoners in Devil's Bog [Skippy Dare] (HUGH LLOYD)