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    Dwight D. Eisenhower Group of Twelve Letters Signed as President, all written to Maj. Gen. and Mrs. Howard McC. Snyder, his personal physician. Letters are dated between December 23, 1953 and October 15, 1959, and all are on White House stationery. Most are thank you letters for gifts receive, but several reveal the personal relationship and loyalty that existed between the two men. Content in part: "[Dec. 30, 1954]... No such formal letter can express to you my feeling of gratitude for all you have done for the Eisenhower family throughout these many years of our association. I can only say 'thank you' -- and I hope we will be together many, many more years... [Jan. 12, 1954]... come to an informal stag dinner... I suggest that we meet at the White House... have a reasonably early dinner, and devote the evening to a general chat...[Oct. 18, 1954]... My expensive horticultural tastes have apparently been widely advertised. Though I am consequently more than slightly embarrassed, I assure you that nothing could have pleased me more on my birthday than to hear of the English boxwood tree you and the members of the White House Staff have had planted on the Gettysburg farm...[March 14, 1957, to Alice Snyder]... My conscience hurts me as I try to write you a note of birthday felicitations, knowing that I have in all probability spoiled the day for you by taking Howard along on the cruiser..."

    The transmittal envelope accompanying the letter dated September 23, 1955, Denver, bears the pencil notation: "Day of his return from Fraser. Throm[b]osis next day --" Snyder was Eisenhower's personal physician in the military and would continue to attend to Ike's health during both presidential terms. Ike had suffered a heart attack during that month. Being the first president to suffer a heart attack while in office, Snyder kept copious records on his health. The majority of Snyder's papers are now housed at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas. All letters are signed "D.E." and and include the original transmittal envelope. Grouping also includes a White House card with the typed greeting "Happy Birthday" signed "D.E.", a small card bearing the gilded presidential crest also signed with his initials; and a copy of the White House Staff Book 1953-1961, published by CARE. Fine condition.


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