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    Ronald Reagan Typed Letter Signed as President. One page, 7" x 10.5", on official White House letterhead, Washington DC, May 14, 1981. Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope. Reagan writes in response to a letter explaining how it was that one of his checks had appeared at auction.

    The President responds in part: "Have no fear - you won't 'wind up on any hit lists.' I'm grateful to you for solving a puzzle. I couldn't for the life of me see how a cancelled check of mine could be anywhere but in my possession. Now it is all very clear. I was a client in my Hollywood days, of Business Administration Company so, of course, they would have had such things... " The check in question was made out to the organization Americans for Democratic Action in the amount of $50.00. It was reported in the news that the check had been purchased by Malcolm Forbes for a tidy $3,800; Mr. Forbes planned to use it in an editorial for Forbes.

    In this letter, Reagan goes on to explain this affiliation: "You might be interested to know that 'Americans for Democratic Action' started out after World War II to be an in-house group of Democratic party members to combat the influence in the party of the left wing. Someplace along the line, it lost its moorings. In fact, my dis-illusionment contributed to my switch [to the Republican party]."

    In his first year as president Reagan had been under media speculation when it surfaced that his budget boss, David Stockman had been a peace activist in the 60s. Reagan responded, with characteristic charm, that everyone had done foolish things in their youth adding, "For heaven's sake, I was even a Democrat". We offer here a scarce presidential letter attesting to this 'youthful indiscretion' and explaining the circumstances for his affiliation. Letter is very boldly signed in dark ink; envelope and letter are in very fine condition.

    Included is a copy of Wells' original letter to the President explaining that in 1969 Mr. Wells purchased several file drawers with unknown contents from a blind auction at a moving/storage company in Encino California. Upon winning the auction and opening the files, Wells discovered "many of your canceled checks and some other memorabilia."


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