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    Dwight D. Eisenhower: Group of Ten Letters Signed. Each of the letters, written on stationery with The White House letterhead (with the exclusion of one) and signed simply "DE," are addressed to his older brother, Edgar, who was an attorney in Tacoma, Washington. In one of the earliest letters of this collection, dated December 17, 1954, the president responds to a letter from his brother regarding a citizenship ceremony performed by George Hugo Boldt (1903-1984), a former Tacoma lawyer (and presumably an acquaintance of Edgar's) whom Eisenhower had appointed a Federal judge of the Western District of Washington the previous year, aboard the USS Missouri, where he describes the scene, in part: "As far as the local authorities know, this is the first time a federal court has ever been held on a battleship. The whole ceremony was so well done, and was accompanied by one very touching incident when a Japanese man and wife went to the plaque that is embedded in the surrender deck . . . and knelt down and prayed. I have often wondered what their thoughts were when they stood on that historic spot, where their country surrendered its arms to the nation to which they now have sworn allegiance." In response, the president wrote, in part: "I have just now had a chance to read the transcript of the naturalization proceedings held on the 'Missouri.' You might tell Judge Boldt that I particularly liked his discussion of the rights and privileges of citizenship; someday - since I am sure he would not mind - I may possibly plagiarize what he said there."

    Less than one year later, in September 1955, the president, who until 1949 was a heavy smoker, had a serious heart attack while in Colorado, landing him in the hospital for six weeks. Writing to Edgar from Denver on October 22, just eight days after celebrating his sixty-fifth birthday, he thanks him for the birthday wishes, agreeing with him "as to the disadvantages of the circumstances - but this year I was particularly glad to have an opportunity to celebrate under any conditions." In March of the following year, the president again writes to his concerned older brother thanking him for "your letter and its accompanying brochure on the Stauffer Posture-Rest. I am grateful for your thought, but as things now stand I am on a schedule of work, rest, diet, recreation and exercise that absorbs all my time." He then humorously pokes fun at his golf game: "The only way I could find time to use the machine would be to give up golf - and tragic as are my adventures with a golf ball these days, I still insist on sticking to them."

    Edgar himself had a bout with ill health while visiting Washington and was treated by Dr. Howard M. Snyder, a retired major general and personal physician to the president. Edgar became concerned after a conversation with Senator Styles Bridges, who asked, "Well, does the President's private physician serve all the President's family?" Not wanting some "two-bit" politician making a fuss over it, he writes to Dwight on May 7, 1956, asking how he can "get the pills back to the Government without embarrassing anybody." In response, the president wrote asking him not to "worry about the matter . . . If anyone asks you about it further, just tell them you were sick and that I was concerned and sent my doctor to see you." He goes on to say that he will question the general and will pay any costs if there are any.

    The letters span the years 1954 through 1956. Five of the letters are accompanied by carbon copies of the original letters to Eisenhower by his brother. Aside from the usual folds (and one small ink spot near the left edge of the letter dated October 22, 1955), these letters are in fine condition.

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