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    Dwight D. Eisenhower Typed Letters (6) Signed and one enclosure. Eight pages total, 7.25" x 10.25" and 6.75" x 8.75"; all but one letter on White House letterhead. The letters are written to Mr. and Mrs. William Ewing and span the years 1955 through 1962. Most of the content is about cattle, but one letter touches on the political, and includes a form letter on the topic of appropriations for the mutual security program (NATO and SEATO) and the 1960 Big Four Summit Conference in Paris.

    The earliest letter in the group is dated January 11, 1955 , thanking the Ewings for a Hereford cow they presented to him. This is a formal letter addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Ewing, and the language suggests that they are not known to him. He writes: "Through the Honorable Frank Higgins, I have learned of your kind offer to make me a presence of a young Hereford... In my youth in Kansas, I was practically raised with the 'white face.' I have an affection for the breed that will always last. As for now, my own farming operation belongs strictly to the future except that I have two or three heifers given to me by different friends... At the moment I have no way of properly caring for the fine kind of cattle I am told you have. When the time comes that I will be able to give personal attention to these matters, and if the two of you should then like to renew your suggestion, I assure you that I shall be more than delighted to accept..." Signed "Dwight D. Eisenhower."

    The remaining letters are signed with initials only and are informally address to Bill and Fordy. His letters dated September 1, 1958 and March 21, 1959 both touch on the subject of cattle, including sending news that one of his cows won first place at the Ohio State Fair. He jokingly adds: "lest you feel any rank might have been responsible for her victory, let me assure you that she was entered under the name of the Pennsylvania State University."

    An April 24, 1959 letter relays his sadness about Foster Dulles' illness, saying that it "is an unbearable blow to me personally, and a tragedy for the free world." A March 19, 1962 letter (the only one written on his personal letterhead) is of a similar tone, sending news of the death of a mutual friend, Pete Jones.


    The only letter in the group to veer from personal topics is the June 8, 1960 letter; Eisenhower references the failed Summit in Paris and encloses a May 14, 1960 form letter discussing the passing of legislation to appropriate funds for NATO and SEATO. Eisenhower writes in his June 8 letter: "At the risk of inundating you with letter from the White House, I am sending you two today - one with regard to the present status of the mutual security appropriation. But I did want to thank you, too, for your understanding of the situation as it existed in Paris. I think my primary reaction was one of sadness that the peoples of the world, who had - and still have - hopes for some progress along the road to a just peace, should have those hopes diminished by the bad manners of one individual." Eisenhower is referring to a summit conference held in Paris beginning on May 16, 1960. The conference (attended by Eisenhower, Nikita Khrushchev, British Prime Minister Macmillan, and French president Charles de Gaulle) abruptly ended after Khrushchev publicly dressed down Eisenhower and withdrew an invitation for a scheduled visit to the Soviet Union in June. Eisenhower left immediately the next day, and all additional meetings were cancelled. This was at the height of the Cold War; two weeks earlier the Soviets had downed an American U-2 spy plane on May 1. Eisenhower is no doubt referencing Khrushchev's "bad manners" in his letter; more importantly, he captures the dashed hopes for a détente to the increasing tensions between the U.S. and the Soviets. From the Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.

    Condition: All the letters have gentle toning and flattened mail folds. The January 11, 1955 letter has a touch of dampstaining; otherwise, all are in near fine condition.


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