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    [Watergate]. Archive of Ten Typed Letters Signed by Richard Nixon (5), Gerald Ford (3), John Mitchell (1), and Richard Kleindienst. Each of the ten letters is addressed to Paul W. Williams, a one-time New York Supreme Court justice, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and supporter of Richard Nixon, which is obvious from these letters. The earliest dates from September 19, 1957, when Nixon was serving as President Dwight D. Eisenhower's vice president. Signed simply as "Dick," Nixon thanks Williams for "your letter . . . concerning your recommendation of Mr. William E. Weiss, Jr. for the position of Assistant Secretary General of NATO for Production and Logistics." The remaining four Nixon letters are written during the Watergate scandal and the president consistently thanks Williams for his support, as on June 4, 1973, when he writes, "While it means a great deal for me to receive encouragement from people throughout the country, the most heartwarming messages that have come to me in recent weeks are those from old friends," and again on May 14, 1974, one week into his impeachment hearing, "I am deeply grateful for your thoughtful message following my address of April 29. You can be sure that your continued support . . . mean a great deal to me." Nixon resigned the office of president less than three months later.

    In addition to Nixon, Williams corresponded with another future president - Gerald Ford. Ford was a member of Congress when he first became acquainted with Williams and the correspondence between the two men represented here is routine with the exception of one letter. Ford was president when he sent a letter to Williams, dated September 20, 1974, regarding his pardon of Nixon (on September 8, 1974), in part: "After reading and hearing so much criticism of my pardoning of President Nixon, I want you to know that it was most heartwarming to receive your kind and thoughtful message. Despite the adverse reaction . . . I am certain in my heart that I have done the right thing and I know that time will prove that it was the correct decision. Thank you so much for taking the trouble to let me know of your continued support."

    Also included are two additional letters. One, dated October 27, 1970, from Attorney General John N. Mitchell regarding Williams' "interest in the area of crime and the use of wiretapping as a weapon with which to fight," and the second, from Deputy Attorney General Richard G. Kleindienst, dated March 13, 1972, thanking Williams for his "thoughtfulness in expressing the kind words which I received."

    The scandals known as Watergate include the criminal acts of break-ins and bugging at Democratic National Headquarters in Washington on the evening of June 16 and early morning of June 17, 1972, the subsequent cover-up, various acts of sabotage against the Democrats in the 1972 presidential campaign, secret payments of hush money to the Watergate burglars, the burglary of the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist, Richard Nixon's federal tax return claims and perjury in connection with the investigation into a possible connection between the settlement of antitrust suits against the International Telephone & Telegraph Co. and its pledges for money for the Republican National Convention.


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    October, 2013
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