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    Madame Chiang Kai-shek Typed Letter Signed on mourning stationery. One page, 8.25" x 10.6"; Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China; July 9, 1875. A letter to John Hart Caughey thanking him for his condolences on the death of General Chiang Kai-Shek who had died on April 5, 1975. In part: "Your hand-written message of sympathy has meant much to me in my bereavement, and your eulogy on the President carries a special significance. My thanks are delayed only because I needed time to write you personally... The confidence of our people here in carrying on the President's unfinished tasks us undiminished, knowing that far-sighted people like you would do everything within your power to stay America's decline into isolation or atrophy and would succeed in the effort. As to the United Nations Organization, one cannot but see that once it had betrayed moral principles the descent in prestige and meaningfulness was fast and irrevocable." Signed, "Mayling Soong Chiang."

    Colonel John Caughey served under General John Marshall during the latter's mission in China at the end of World War II to attempt to unify the Communist Party of China with the Nationalists. Their efforts, which would come to be known as the Marshall Plan, would fail, and General Chiang Kai-shek and his government would retreat to Taiwan along with the rest of the Chinese Nationalist Party. Chiang ruled Taiwan as President of the Republic of China until his death in 1975. Madame Chiang Kai-shek maintained lifelong relationships with both the Marshall and Caughey families.

    Condition: Usual mail folds, otherwise very fine.

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