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    Warren G. Harding Typed Letter Signed "Warren G. Harding." One page with blank integral, 7" x 8.75", Washington, D.C.; April 30, 1923. Addressed to Jonathan Bourne, Jr. and typed on White House letterhead. Harding thanks Bourne for a shipment of kumquats and responds to his questions about the World Court situation. He writes, in part:

    "I should think you know me well enough to have confidence that I would urge nothing which would bring about the slightest restriction of the rights of this nation or any of its nationals. I believe, with all my heart, in the proposition which I submitted to the Senate. I think it was desirable in the fulfillment of our part in the world and I think it was necessary as a political gesture, to give evidence that we are keeping the faith. If it were not for the vanity of some public men and the obstinancy which has been developed in contest there would not be a question about it. I have long since come to that conviction, which is inevitable when one serves as Chief Executive, that we can not be wholly aloof from the world and ought not be, and I also have the very profound conviction that it is an unseemly thing for this nation to say to the world we are unwilling to have to do with anything which is not our own specific creation or a creation erected under our explicit specifications." Boldly signed by Harding in black ink.

    Harding supported the idea of the Permanent Court of International Justice, or World Court, and was actively advocating for the U.S. to seek membership during the last months of his life. Sadly, Harding never got to see this plan come to fruition; he died just four months later.

    Condition: Usual mail fold, light toning throughout, small amount of foxing. Overall very good.

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