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    "Our Communist opponents . . . do not wish to force a global war at this time."

    Dwight Eisenhower Archive of Ten Letters, including a denial that he is running for president in 1952 and his feelings on the possibility of war with "our Communist opponents". All are typed letters bearing Eisenhower's signature and were written between 1942 and 1951 concerning his aide-de-camp, Lt. Craig D. Campbell. All are in fine condition.

    (1) Typed Letter Signed "DE". One page, 8" x 10.5", September 26, 1949, New York, on "Columbia University Office of the President" stationery, to Craig Campbell. In part: "While I was naturally interested to read the quotation you sent me from the United States News and World Report, I must tell you that that statement is a falsehood manufactured out of whole cloth - I have no intention whatsoever of trying for the Republican Party nomination in 1950 [the '0' is marked through with a handwritten '2'], and I most certainly am not now engaged in any program that has such a purpose. It was heartwarming to have your offer of help if such should be my ambition. However, I assure you that I shall not be calling on you for effort in any such cause." Eisenhower had been pursued by both parties in the 1948 election, but he had remained aloof. Rumors circulated in 1949 that the general would run as a Republican in the 1952 election, but as with all other rumors about his nomination before 1951, Eisenhower denied that he was interested, thus declining Campbell's offer to help with a presidential campaign. Finally after a "Draft Eisenhower" campaign led by leading Republicans and an easy win as a write-in candidate at the New Hampshire primary, Eisenhower decided to run.

    (2) Typed Letter Signed "Dwight D. Eisenhower". Two pages, 7" x 10.5", October 10, 1950, n.p., on Eisenhower's personal stationery. Responding to a letter from Campbell asking for advice on a possible job change, Eisenhower responds with a very thoughtful letter full of rational advice: "It would seem to be the part of wisdom merely to work hard, to increase your usefulness to the company . . . and . . . to attempt to develop your talents and qualifications along lines that you have already started." Eisenhower also adds his thoughts on the threat of war with "our Communist opponents": "My own feeling, however, is that our Communist opponents do not wish to force a global war at this time; if one should come, I think it will be the result of an accident or a miscalculation and not as a result of deliberate intent. This conclusion could change as the months go by but, as of this moment, I believe that most students of war would agree with this estimate. Consequently, I will not belabor the point further."

    (3) Typed Letter Secretarially Signed "P.S./ Send letter to Mrs. Eisenhower by next pouch./ DE". One page, November 6, 1942, on "Allied Force Headquarters/ Office of the Commander-in-Chief" stationery.

    (4) Typed Letter Signed "Dwight D. Eisenhower". One page, 6" x 8", May 31, 1943, on "Allied Force Headquarters/ Office of the Commander-in-Chief" stationery. This letter is written to Campbell's parents in Austin, Texas, concerning their son's capture and imprisonment in a German P.O.W. camp. Campbell was imprisoned for twenty-two months at Oflag 64, the German P.O.W. camp at Szubin, Poland.

    (5) Typed Letter Signed "Dwight D. Eisenhower" as "General of the Army, U.S. Army". One page, October 8, 1945, on "Headquarters/ U.S. Forces, European Theater/ Office of the Commanding General" stationery.

    (6) Typed Letter Signed "Dwight D. Eisenhower". One page, October 21, 1946, on "War Department/ The Chief of Staff/ Washington" stationery.

    (7) Typed Letter Signed "Dwight D. Eisenhower". One page, March 27, 1947, on "War Department/ The Chief of Staff/ Washington" stationery.

    (8) Typed Letter Signed "Dwight D. Eisenhower". One page, June 26, 1947, on "War Department/ The Chief of Staff/ Washington" stationery.

    (9)Typed Letter Secretarially Signed "Dwight D. Eisenhower". One page, December 31, 1947, on "United States Army/ The Chief of Staff" stationery. With some children's scribbles.

    (10) Typed Letter Signed "DE". One page, July 18, 1951, on Eisenhower's personal stationery.


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