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    Harry Truman Signed Typescript of a Letter Previously Sent to Dwight Eisenhower. On light cardstock, 7" x 7.75". A souvenir typescript of a letter previously sent to Dwight D. Eisenhower on August 16, 1952, concerning Eisenhower's decline of the president's invitation to lunch on August 19, 1952, with himself, CIA officers and staff, and Adlai Stevenson that would include foreign policy briefings followed by weekly intelligence briefings. Truman's signature is undated, so it is not known when the typescript offered here was made.

    The letter reads: "Dear Ike: I am sorry if I caused you any embarrassment. What I've always had in mind was and is a continuing foreign policy. You know that is a fact because you had a part in outlining it. Partisan politics should stop at the boundaries of the United States. I'm extremely sorry that you have allowed a bunch of screwballs to come between us. You have made a bad mistake, and I'm hoping it won't injure this great Republic. There has never been one like it and I want to see it continue regardless of the man who occupies the most important position in the history of the world. May God guide you and give you light. From a man who has always been your friend and always intended to be! Sincerely, Harry S. Truman."

    Soon after the July 1952 Republican National Convention, which nominated Eisenhower for president, President Truman offered the former general and the Democratic nominee, Adlai Stevenson, foreign policy and intelligence briefings at the White House. Truman instituted this practice as a means of ensuring that the incoming president would be better informed than he was when he became president upon Franklin Roosevelt's death.

    The Republican nominee declined Truman's invitation because he believed he should only receive information that could be shared with the American people and implied that he was aware of the many of the issues that would be addressed in the briefings. Eisenhower did respond that he would welcome weekly CIA reports, but that he wanted it understood that he could use the reports as he wished. Truman, clearly angered by Eisenhower's response, sent this blunt private note. For his part, Eisenhower was not pleased with the president's harsh note, though did not respond in kind. The relationship between Truman and his successor, never personally close, remained cordial in public but became strained and tense in private as a result. From the Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.

    Condition: The letter is in excellent condition.


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