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    Eisenhower Archive. In 1965, after the Republican Party suffered its worst presidential defeat since 1936, Ray C. Bliss was chosen Chairman of the Republican National Committee. This collection consists of letters to Bliss from Dwight D. Eisenhower (3), Mamie Eisenhower, and Eisenhower's executive assistant, Brig. Gen. Robert L. Schulz:
    Dwight D. Eisenhower Typed Letter Signed "D.E.". Two separate pages, 7" x 10.25", Gettysburg, Pa., November 25, 1966. The only living former Republican President has been urged, in part, "to persuade Republican leaders to avoid any divisive efforts, certainly during the year 1967" and it was "suggested that I hold a luncheon to which I should invite Nixon, Romney, Percy, Reagan, Rockefeller, Hatfield, and of course, yourself. It would be the purpose of you and me to urge upon prospective aspirants the need for speaking of all the others only in favorable terms. (If this were impossible, the next best thing would be to keep silent.) During 1967, all these prospectives, when questioned by the press, would reply merely in the equivalent of 'no comment.'" In a handwritten postscript, Eisenhower adds: "P.S. Before signing this I talked to you on phone. But I am sending it along merely as an 'aide memoire.' D." Very fine.
    Two Dwight D. Eisenhower TLsS "D.D.E." Each one page, 7" x 10.25", Gettysburg letterhead but written from Walter Reed Hospital, June 3, 1968 (thanks for "the beautiful bouquet of Mamie carnations...The doctors seem to be pleased with my progress..." ) and October 28, 1968 (thanks "all of my friends at the [Republican National] Committee for their good wishes and handsome plaque..."). The Mamie carnation is a white flower with red speckles; it had been developed and presented to the then-First Lady by horticulturist Edward C. Geiger. Very fine.
    Mamie Doud Eisenhower Autograph Letter Signed in full. One page, 6.25" x 9", Gettysburg, Pa., April 12, 1969. Ten days after her husband's funeral, Mrs. Eisenhower writes, in full: "Thank you for your telegram of sympathy in my great loss. The burden of grief has been lessened by the kind thoughts of so many of our friends and the knowledge that the entire country is sharing my sadness." In a handwritten postscript, she refers to Nixon's victory five months earlier: "P.S. How happy I am that 'Ike' lived to see victory for the 'grand old party.' MDE" Fine.
    Brig. Gen. Robert L. Schulz TLS "Bob". One page, 6.25" x 9.25", Gettysburg, July 11, 1968. Eisenhower's Executive Assistant conveys the General's appreciation for "The beautiful floral arrangement you had delivered to his room at Walter Reed..." Paper clip rust stain at top. Fine. Eisenhower machine or rubber-stamped franked envelope accompanies each letter.


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