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    Harry S. Truman Signed Farewell Address Delivered on January 15, 1953. Six pages, 8" x 14", January 15, 1953. "[D]elivered from the White House" approximately one week before leaving office. The speech reads, in part:

    "Next Tuesday, General Eisenhower will be inaugurated as President of the United States. A short time after the new President takes his oath of office, I will be on the train going back home to Independence, Missouri. I will again be a plain, private citizen of this Republic. This is as it should be. Inauguration Day will be a great demonstration of our democratic process. I am glad to be a part of it - glad to wish General Eisenhower all possible success, as he begins his term - glad the whole world will have a chance to see how simply and how peacefully our American system transfers the vast power of the Presidency from my hands to his. It is a good object lesson in democracy. I am very proud of it. I know you are too...In speaking to you tonight, I have no new revelations to make - no political statements - no policy announcements. There are simply a few things in my heart I want to say to you. I want to say 'goodbye' and 'thanks for your help'...So, as I empty the drawers of this desk, and as Mrs. Truman and I leave the White house, we have no regret. We feel we have done our best in the public service. I hope and believe we have contributed to the welfare of this Nation and to the peace of the world. When Franklin Roosevelt died, I felt there must be a million men better qualified than I, to take up the Presidential task. But the work was mine to do, and I had to do it. I have tried to give it everything that was in me. Through all of it, through all the years that I have worked here in this room, I have been well aware I did not really work alone - that you were working with me. No President could ever hope to lead our country, or to sustain the burdens of this office, save as the people helped with their support. I have had that help - you have given me that support - on all our great essential undertakings to build the free world's strength and keep the peace. Those are the big things. Those are the things we have done together. For that I shall be grateful, always. And now, the time has come for me to say good night and - God bless you all." Signed "Harry S. Truman" at the conclusion.

    Condition: Flattened folds, pages are stapled together, lightly toned throughout.




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