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    Warren G. Harding Typed Letter Signed "Warren G. Harding" as President, two pages, 7" x 9" conjoined sheets, typed on first and fourth pages. The White House, March 7, 1922. To Mrs. Caroline Kling, Daytona, Florida. In part, "I am in receipt of yours of March 3rd, in which you express your very great personal interest in having your nephew, Lieut. Colonel James K. Parsons, detailed as a student at the War College during the next term. I have not yet made inquiry as to the manner of making these designations, but I assume that a President can have some influence in the matter, and I mean to express the wish that Colonel Parsons shall be duly designated...Probably one of the greatest disappointments I have known personally in coming to Washington to participate in official life is that I have seen and known you so little after the development of so agreeable a friendship as family relationships in Marion brought about. You have also been very considerate and you are more than generous now in tendering to us the hospitality of your home in Daytona on the occasion of any visit to Florida...I rather suspect it will be a house-boat trip...Unhappily, when one is President, he can not go anywhere without being a good deal burdened by the incessant call of people for interview or conference, and there is always the pressure to call and pay respects to the office. This is all very pleasing, but it is not helpful when one wants a bit of rest and outdoor recreation...If we do go so far South as Daytona and come ashore you can be very sure that you will have a call." The next day, President and Mrs. Harding left Washington for St. Augustine, Florida, by train, then embarked down the coast on the houseboat Pioneer owned by Washington Post publisher Edward B. McLean. He did get to Daytona before returning to Washington. The Annual Report of the Director of The General Staff School for 1922-1923 shows that among the 111 officers who attended the Command and General Staff School at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, for the year and graduated was "Lieutenant Colonel James K. Parsons, Infantry," so the President was successful in granting Mrs. Kling's wish. The next school they would attend would be the War College. General Staff School graduates who went on to the War College include Generals Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton. Mrs. Caroline Kling was definitely a relative of the President's wife whose maiden name was Kling, for Harding mentions in this letter that after he moved from Marion, Ohio, to Washington (when he became U.S. Senator in 1915), he had hardly seen her "after the development of so agreeable a friendship as family relationships in Marion." A marvelous Harding presidential letter in which he writes of the advantages and disadvantages of being President. Fine condition. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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