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    A presidential prescription

    Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower Autograph Note Signed "Harry Truman" as president and "Dwight D. Eisenhower." One page, 5" x 8", on "The White House/Washington" letterhead, in black and blue ink, n. d. (circa 1949). Written by Truman to Eisenhower, it reads in full: "Memo to Gen. Ike: Here is a prescription for that cold. It should be taken in copious draughts or with an eye dropper as the patient feels inclined. Have a nice trip." Truman here is prescribing whiskey to the heavy drinking Ike. Beneath the signature of Truman, Eisenhower writes: "Report to Dr. Snyder: Taken, according to Presidential prescription." A unique double signature by two American presidents. Folds; uneven, light toning. Else fine.

    President Harry Truman and General Dwight D. Eisenhower had been good friends since the Second World War. In July, 1945, told him, "General, there is nothing you may want that I won't help you try to get." Truman made Eisenhower his Chief of Staff and had him appointed the first commander of the newly formed NATO. During the 1948 presidential election, Truman, never a popular president, offered to run as Eisenhower's vice president if he would consider running for office. Ike claimed no political affiliation.

    The relationship soured, however, in 1952. Truman had tried again to get Eisenhower to run for president as a Democrat. It was then that Eisenhower dropped the bombshell. He loathed the Democratic Party and came out as a Republican. Eisenhower began to distance himself from his friend and began a systematic attack on the policies of both the Truman and Roosevelt administrations. He laid the blame for "Korea, Communism, and corruption" firmly at the feet of Truman. During a speech in Wisconsin, Eisenhower was intent on defending Secretary of State George Marshall, a former wartime colleague, against the tirades of Joseph McCarthy, who named Marshall as part of a Communist conspiracy. Likewise, Truman berated Eisenhower during a speech in Colorado Springs. Instead, at the urging of his campaign managers, he gave a speech full of anti-Communist rhetoric that alleged that Communism had infiltrated the nation's schools, media, government, etc. Truman understandably felt betrayed by the actions of his former friend.

    General Howard McCrum Snyder (1881-1970) was the personal physician to Dwight Eisenhower from the end of the Second World War throughout his term as president.

    Handwritten letters by Truman rarely appear on the market. An ALS on White House stationery is exceedingly rare, especially with an added note and signature from a second president. The letter comes to us directly from Dr. Snyder's family.

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    April, 2012
    11th-12th Wednesday-Thursday
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