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    Dwight D. Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed as President. Two pages on White House letterhead, 8" x 10.5". Dated 7 April 1953. A letter to his brother Edgar discussing the controversial Bricker Amendment. In part: ''...It seems to me that it is useless to pursue further the subject of the Bricker Amendment. For my own point of view, I cannot agree that merely because one President desperately tried to arrogate himself greater power than contemplated in the Constitution, that the Constitution should be changed so as to limit the legitimate powers of the President. The treaty-making power is an important and heavy responsibility. It was one of the real reasons for the establishment of our Constitution, and it received earnest study on the part of those who framed the document. In recognition of its very great influence upon our lives, the Congress decided that a two-thirds majority would be necessary for ratification. One thing you should understand is that most of the 'Executive Agreements' deal with the setting up of international groups or bodies that explore and study questions... There is nothing that has taken place in any of the so-called war conference and meetings that has binding effect upon the United States or upon any one of our citizens. If a President presumed, on his own authority, to commit our country to such an obligation, then he would, in my opinion, be acting unconstitutionally.'' Signed ''DE'' in black ink, and marked "Personal and Confidential" at the top and bottom of each page.

    Despite broad bipartisan support, Eisenhower was successful in blocking its passage with the help of Senate Minority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson in 1954, a year after the date of this letter.

    Condition: Near fine with flattened folds and file punch holes at top.


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