DescriptionAlf Landon Typed Letters (4) Signed to Norman Cousins. The letters from Landon all measure 7.25" x 10.5", and are dated May 2 and December 22, 1960, May 3, 1961 and June 2, 1964. Accompanied by a retained carbon of a letter from Cousins, one page, 8.5" x 11", May 13, 1960, which is a reply to Landon's letter of May 2. Two letters in particular should be highlighted:
Alf Landon Typed Letter Signed. One page, 7.25" x 10.5", December 22, 1960, to Norman Cousins, in regards to the presidential nomination of Richard Nixon. In part:
"One thing puzzled me in our telephone conversation - that you preferred Nixon to Rockefeller. I am much disturbed and concerned about the smelly Hughes Tool Company loan to his brother. It does not seem to me that the facts in that case have ever been adequately considered, either by the press or by the American people. Especially the statement of Phillip Reiner - the Lose Angeles accountant and member of the restaurant management committee - that the Vice President of the United States Knew all about the loan and his name was not to be mentioned in the correspondence, but he was to be referred to by code names such as 'East' and 'Eastern Division.'". In the margins of this letter, Cousins made a note, "AML [illegible] mistook me in this. I was dead set against Nixon. C", and written in an unknown hand is, "N.C. said he always was for R".
Landon writes another revealing letter five months later on May 3, 1961 discussing the growing threat of Communism. In part: "Castro yesterday proclaimed a Socialist state. The basic principle of Communism is abolishment of private property. Yet he also says he is going to re-distribute the ownership of the land. In Russia, there is a steady encroachment of the profit motive in the basic principles of Communism. What we badly need is the tough, hard-boiled acts and characteristics of our President's fraternal ancestors in his leadership. If the President's words mean anything, we face a drastic and revolutionary change in our foreign policy and, as a necessary correlary [sic], in our domestic policies also...Haley spoke of the 'fear' that he noticed had spread from Washington to New York and - after a week's lag - had reached Chicago. While they were here, the editor of the Wichita Eagle called me and said people were 'sick' there. By 'fear' and 'sick' neither of them meant anything in the nature of a cowardly apprehension. I find the same reaction is setting in here in the last few days...the greatest calamity that could happen to this country would be lack of confidence in the President's leadership".
Condition: Majority of letters are in good condition, only lightly toned with usual mail folds. December 22, 1960 letter has a large amount of soiling and some dampstaining and partial separation along bottom horizontal fold.
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