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    Remarkable archive of Reagan letters which includes six ALsS, two of them as President; break dancing, golden oldies up at Camp David, and Caesar Chavez are among the interesting topics touched on by the Great Communicator. Fortieth President (1981-1989). An actor, he was President of the Screen Actors Guild and Governor of California. Winning the 1980 Republican nomination on a platform of lower taxes and renewed pride in America, he handily defeated Carter and Anderson. Throughout his term, he grappled with growing budget deficits. He was also noted for his invasion of Grenada and the Iran-Contra scandal.

    The archive contains four notes written on cards, two of which are written as President, two ALsS, and one two-page typed letter. There are also several hand-written envelopes, with at least two written as President. The first note, written on a White House card reads: "Just a line to say I'm happy you are feeling better and to put your mind at ease. Break Dancing??? - I get sore muscles just watching it on TV. I don't think the Nat. Enquirer deals in anything but moon dust. Whoever dreamed that one up has to be 'on' something. Regards, Ron"

    The second presidentially written note on a White House card reads: " Oct.18 Dear Dolores No- I won't try to match your letter in length but want you to know I was pleased getting it. I didn't know of your problem but am happy it is behind you. It was good to learn about the children and the grandchildren- Alan's promotion, Paul Jr's. job and Philip, etc. I share your feeling about the sacrilegious movie and hope it will soon be out of the theaters. We've taken to running what I call 'Golden Oldies' up at Camp David, whenever we can get our hands on them. It's so good to see movies where the performers keep their clothes on and don't spout out profanity and 4 letter words. Nancy sends her best and again it was good to hear from you. Tell Paul to take it a little easy and give him our best. Sincerely, Ron"

    The following three items are all written on personal stationery, showing the presidential seal. The next item, a full ALS, reads: "Feb. 5 Thank you for your good wishes on my birthday and thank Paul. Nancy says she thanks you both also. We're sorry to learn of your ill health.. You are definitely in our thoughts and prayers. As for your question about how I appear to stay in good health I'm taking treatments for a very painful arm. I thought it might be some strain or wound from things I do at the ranch. I was wrong. I have some kind of bursitis- an inflammation of the tendons in my shoulder. I'm happy to say the regular treatments 2 or 3 times a week are reducing my discomfort and will shortly have me back to normal. You asked me for a tip. I can only tell you I have a regular exercise routine, I still ride and I talk regularly to the man upstairs asking for his help. I hadn't counted the years we've kept in touch with each other and I'm pleased to know it's coming up a half century. I hope we both continue this contact as long as we're around. Best Regards to Paul and again my gratitude to you. Sincerely, Ron"

    In a note written after his term as President, he writes: " Just received your birthday card for which I thank you. As for the rest of your message regarding our ill health, Nancy and I want you to know you'll be in our thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself Dolores and Do what the Dr's tell you to do. We're still settling in and I've had my fill of cardboard shipping crates. Every few days I get a few more emptied and then have to find a place to put whatever was in them. I'm afraid we accumulated a few things the last 8 years. Again our deepest sympathy to you Dolores and get well soon our prayers are with you. Sincerely, Ron"

    Another post-presidential note reads "It was good to hear from you but Nancy and I are truly sorry about your aliment. You'll be in our thoughts and prayers. You spoke of my own problem, but let me assure you all is well and I'm back on the horse again at the ranch. My own horse this time not a borrowed one. Nancy and I hope you are both having a happy holiday season. We're both having a family time. All of ours are joining up Christmas day and looking forward to it. Again our very best wishes, Sincerely, Ron"

    A long 2-page ALS, dated but written on "Ronald Reagan, Hollywood California" stationery, reads: " Just a hasty line to thank you for the lovely handkerchief for Nancy and she wanted me to also thank you for your kind remarks about her show with Ray Milland. That goes for me too on 'The Lords Dollar'. I haven't made any movies since 'Tennessee Partners' last summer, TV has kept me too busy. I'm hoping I'll be able to do one this summer. As a matter of fact one a year would be plenty with the G.E. program keep me on the go the way it does. You were asking about NY and I just got back form there only I didn't get your letter until my return. However, on the few times I get to N.Y it is usually in connection with a G.E. trip so that I'm only in town for the Sunday show and then back out on the road visiting G.E. factories. And I don't know when I'll even do that again because we've covered the East pretty well and are now working on the Southern and the midwestern plants. My shows (when I appear in the play) are usually scheduled to get one in ever two months although there is not hard and fast rule about it. My two on film this past season will be replayed this summer. Right now they are tentatively set for July 15 and Aug. 19. Must get at this loaded desk now. Again thanks and best to you and Paul. Sincerely, Ronald"

    The typed letter signed is written as Governor of California, and reads, in part: " My problem is the same old one-time…the only union member, incidentally to ever serve as governor of this state…I am not anti-labor although I am well aware that organized labor at the top level..is trying to plant that idea…Chavez is trying to organize the workers without their permission. He attempts to force the employer into a contract with him and then represent them…" In a handwritten postscript, he adds: " Perhaps Paul also should know that as Pres. of my union I led it in the 1st strike in history-and we won".

    Also included is one Reagan hand-written envelope with "The White House" in the upper left corner, another White House envelope written by another person, three typed envelopes from his post-presidential Los Angeles address, and a typed note on White House note paper.

    Handwritten letters by "modern" presidents are rarely available to collectors, and Reagan's are among the most sought-after. This wonderful grouping gives an important sense of the man, which could be hard to gleam from typical communications.Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.


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