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    Richard Nixon Typed Letters (Four) Signed. Three letters are signed "RN" by the president; one is secretarially signed "Richard Nixon." Each is 7" x 10.5" on White House letterhead.

    Two years into his first term, President Nixon writes these four letters to Charles "Charlie" C. Tillinghast Jr., the chairman of the board for Trans World Airlines, Inc., of New York. In this first, dated March 17, 1971, the president notifies "Charlie" that he recently "sent a special message on American foreign policy to the Congress." Originally accompanying this letter (though not included in this lot) was that 60,000-word "special message" which, President Nixon writes, "represents the views of the entire Administration" and which he urged Tillinghast to read "carefully." This letter is secretarially signed "Richard Nixon" by Rose Mary Woods, Nixon's secretary.

    On June 23, 1971, the president wrote again expressing his "special satisfaction to learn that you [Tillinghast] will be serving on [Transportation] Secretary [John A.] Volpe's Committee for the development of the first United States International Transportation Exposition." Later that summer on July 1, 1971, Nixon sent the TWA chairman another letter informing him "about the alarming unemployment problems among the returning Vietnam veterans." The president reported what his administration was doing about the problem and asked for Tillinghast's help by taking "advantage of the Veterans Administration On-the-Job training programs, and that you will make veterans preference the standard in all of your hiring practices."

    In the final letter dated August 30, 1971, Nixon acknowledges Tillinghast's recent support for "our new economic policy. . . . If we are to reach these goals, temporary sacrifices may be required. But I am convinced that, by working together, we can also move forward together." Charlie Tillinghast (1911-1998) led TWA as it dominated the trans-Atlantic airline industry. These letters exhibit some foxing.

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    April, 2011
    8th-9th Friday-Saturday
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