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    Richard Nixon Archive of Letters to Business Leader Jack Dreyfus. Approximately 35 letters written over the span of more than three decades of their friendship. The group includes fourteen letters (all typed on White House letterhead) as President, all signed with his initials; ten post-presidential letters (typed) signed "Dick"; two post-presidential handwritten letters signed "Dick"; and ten letters written before he becomes president. The majority of the content is personal and friendly; but there are a few letters that discuss Nixon's personal finances, and others touch upon the subject of Dreyfus' quest in furthering research for uses of Dilantin. Note: there are a few additional letters from Nixon that may be secretarially signed, but they are not included in the count listed above.

    Finance is a topic discussed in a few of the early letters. The best example of which is a July 12, 1961 Typed Letter Signed "Dick" in which Nixon asks for guidance: "I have been reviewing my financial situation over the past few weeks and have reached the conclusion that I should make a substantial investment in stock which would provide me an opportunity for capital gain. Present indications are that from the advance payment I am receiving for my book and from income from my law practice in excess of my living expenses I will have at least forty or fifty thousand dollars available for investment in stock at this time. As I told you, I am not interest in investing in so-called 'safe' stock with a substantial guarantee of dividend income. Because of my capital position and the high income I will be receiving from earnings over the next five years, I prefer to make an investment involving risks and providing a consequently greater opportunity for capital gain..." This letter is 7.25" x 10.5" on his personal imprinted letterhead.

    Nixon follows up with a Typed Letter Signed "Dick", dated July 17, 1961 enclosing a check for $40,000 "for the purpose of opening my first brokerage account." The letter then gives detailed instructions regarding disbursement of the funds. He adds: "... as I have indicated in our discussions, I have no knowledge whatever of the mechanics of the stock market since my capital position has been such in public life that I have not been able to make any investments in stock..."

    The majority of Nixon's letters while in office as President are generally thank you notes, but one is worth noting. Dreyfus was stricken with severe depression in 1963, and found Dilantin to be an effective treatment. This experience inspired him to found the Dreyfus Medical Foundation for the purpose of getting FDA approval for Dilantin (phenytoin) to be used for other symptoms. A letter from Nixon on White House letterhead dated January 27, 1972 references Nixon's attempts to support Dreyfus' cause. Nixon writes: "After going through the bibliography you left behind, I asked that the whole issue be examined. Within sixty days I should have a report which will recommendations on what the role of the Federal Government should be with respect to Dilantin. In the meantime, I hope you will feel free to keep in touch with Ken Cole..."

    Additional letters from Nixon that touch on the subject include:

    Richard Nixon Typed Letter Signed
    on his personal imprinted letterhead. One page, 7.25" x 10.5"; December 30, 1983. With holographic greeting and signed "Dick", Nixon writes: "...I admire your tenacity on Dilantin. As Elmer Bobst used to tell me, the medical profession is the most prejudiced and hidebound of all when it comes to treatments they have not discovered." Near fine, with mail folds and staple holes at top left.
    <<blockquote>RRichard Nixon Typed Letter Signed on his personal imprinted letterhead. One page, 7.25" x 10.5"; February 1, 1985. With holographic greeting and signed "Dick", Nixon writes at length complimenting him on his book on Dilantin: "... What impressed me the most about the way you presented the case for Dilantin was the number of case histories you cited in the text and in the appendix. The record of interviews with prison inmates was particularly impressive. I was also pleased to note that despite the fact that you struck out at the government level, at least in our Administration you seemed to get a better hearing from more people than was the case with others you contacted..."

    There are two handwritten letters dated December 22, 1986 and April 7, 1990 on his personal letterhead. Both are thank you notes, but the April 7 letter mentions his recent diagnosis: "I am delighted we had our dinner before they discovered the heart problem. It is not unpleasant & seldom fatal. I expect to resume my schedule in early May.

    This extensive archive includes many retained carbons of Dreyfus' letters to Nixon; as well as greeting cards from the Nixons and a wedding invitation to their daughter Patricia's wedding. There are also letters from other notables including Paul Newman, Bill Clinton, Dwight Eisenhower, Colin Powell and other elected official.

    Condition: The archive is housed in a thick three-ring binder. Overall condition is excellent, with only the usual mail folds.


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