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    Herbert Hoover Autograph Letter Signed "H." One page, 8" x 10.25", n.p.; no date (circa 1917). A letter addressed to Scott F. Evans, who had been appointed to take charge of regulations of the corn, oatmeal and starch milling industry for the food administration. Hoover, as head of the U.S. Food Administration, wrote to Evans, in full:

    "It appears under the bill that we can regulate use of grain in distillers by executive order. - Please draw the sort of rule that would suit you...H

    The railways on our representation are taking embargo off of corn and oats east of Indiana line stop. In order that there shall be every economy in cars we wish to represent strongly to corn and oats users that they should not buy or ship more corn or oats than they can at once discharge and not more than requirements from week to week until congestion is relieved. Otherwise railways may be forced to renew embargo or place special embargoes on plants at fault in this particular & we are doing everything we can to facilitate movement and in view of inability to secure enough cars to seaboard to food."

    Accompanying this letter is a James Ford Bell Typed Letter Signed with Annotations by Herbert Hoover. Three pages, 8.5" x 11", New York; November 24, 1917. The letter is addressed to Hoover; on the third page, in the left margin Hoover made the note "I have agreed this H." in response to Bell's suggestions of how to deal with shortages and millers. Attached to this letter is a short handwritten note from Hoover [possibly incomplete] which reads "Allied ships in adding the load to the railways we [illegible] will [paper loss] full co-operation as above & therefore we cannot prevent further interference." The related archive accompanying this lot is a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings, pamphlets, photographs, etc. relating to Scott F. Evans and his work in the Food Administration; along with a small fabric banner that reads "Food Will Win The War" with the image of a U.S. shield surrounded by grain.

    Condition: Hoover letter is toned throughout with mail folds. There is some paper loss and tears where weaknesses have occurred or material removed. The Bell typed letter has usual folds with toning and light soiling. U.S. Food Administration banner is slightly wrinkled with some light soiling but otherwise good. Newspaper archive with photographs ranges from good to fair.


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