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    Herbert Hoover Archive of Letters Including Three Autograph Letters Signed and Six Typed Letters Signed all written to W.J. Loring on the topic of mining. The three handwritten letters and four of the typed letters date from the years 1906 through 1911, during Hoover's tenure as a partner in the mining company Bewick, Moering & Co.

    Loring was an engineer from California that Hoover had recruited to manage operations at the Sons of Gwila mine in Leonora. Loring was soon overseeing operations in all of Western Australia serving as General Manager of the company for the period 1905-1912. Unfortunately, this was a time of financial difficulties and upheaval in the company, and Loring was often caught in the middle of power struggles between Hoover and C.A. Moering (Hoover's partner). In letters dated June 22 and July 27, 1906, Hoover mentions that he has heard that Loring is "discouraged and worried." These same letters are marked confidential, and go into great detail about mining operations

    Six of the letters from Australia are signed "HC Hoover", and one of the handwritten letters is signed juts with initials, "HCH". Hoover's nickname in Australia was "HC" for "Hail Columbia", for his patriotic fervor.

    The three handwritten letters are dated "July 6", "July 20", and "July 27" with no year, but are from this same period.

    Hoover's last two letters are written during his 1928 campaign for president. The April 7 letter has a bit political intrigue. Hoover writes: "I hear that my political opponents are getting ready to spring a story about some evil doings of mine in connection with a Burma mine. I have no recollection of any wickedness in this connection. I may want to call on you for some statement as you were certainly familiar with the business during the whole of my connection with it..." The June 16, 1928 letter simply sends thanks for congratulations received. Both letters are signed "Herbert Hoover".

    Also included in this group are four additional letters to Loring, a retained carbon of Loring's letter responding to Hoover's letter dated April 7, 1928, and two photographs.

    Condition: The June 22 and July 6, 1906 letters have paper clip rust marks at top corner, and toning at edges. Remaining letters are very clean and in excellent condition.


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