Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Richard Nixon Typed Letter Signed "RN." One and one-half pages, 7.25" x 10.5", Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, June 10, 1991, on Nixon's personal letterhead to William G. Hyland, Editor of Foreign Affairs. In this letter, former President Nixon expresses his gratitude to Highland for his recent op-ed piece. In part:

    "I want you to know how impressed I was by your May 20 op-ed piece in the New York Times. Without indulging in the gooey sentimentalism of some of those who advocate a new isolationism in order to deal with our massive domestic problems, you pointed out the fundamental truth that we do not have to choose between having an effective foreign-policy and an effective domestic policy the two are inextricably linked and we can and should have both. . . . After Vietnam there was a period when the conventional wisdom was that the United States could do nothing. After the Gulf there are many who believe that the United States can do everything. Both are wrong. We are now at one of those great watersheds in our history when we can continue to meet our responsibilities as the world's only complete superpower and at the same time deal with some of our domestic crises which have for too long been left in the back burner period."

    Nixon continues about U.S. foreign policy in Europe and the Middle East. He closes by writing, "I am trying to address some of these problems in a book which will be published in January of next year. You can be sure that I will try to steer a course between those who gibly [sic] celebrate the birth of a 'new world order' and those whose only interest seems to be to find ways to stand 'a peace dividend.'" In 1992, Nixon published the book he refers to in this letter, entitled Seize the Moment: America's Challenge in a One-World Superpower World. Minor folds in the upper left corner, near the staple.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2011
    13th-14th Tuesday-Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 591

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 February 22 - 23 Americana & Political Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    We had a wonderful time in New York during the October 2013 Historical Manuscripts auction that featured my mother’s papers collected during her tenure as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s secretary. In fact, the entire experience from beginning to end has been a pleasure.
    Howard Ballou,
    Brandon, MS
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 June 9 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 June 9 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,101,256