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    Warren G. Harding Typed Letter Signed "WG Harding." One page, 8" x 10.5", Washington, D.C.; January 26, 1918. Addressed to Howard W. Bible and typed on U.S. Senate letterhead. Harding responds to a letter about the power of the Senate and the Republican Party during the wartime period, in part: "...I think I can say to you with every assurance that we are quite ready to do everything necessary to win the war and have been from our committal to that great task. We have heretofore quite utterly submerged party devotion and have surrendered many ideals to which we are committed in order that the Commander in Chief could have a perfectly free hand. I am sure that nothing will be done to deprive him of his abundance of authority or his freedom of action, but I do think that the Senate from this time on will incline to assert its realization of the part it plays a co-ordinate branch of the government."

    When the United States became involved in the First World War, many, including Harding, argued for the need to expand President Wilson's powers. Harding was a supporter of many of the passed war legislation, such as the Espionage Act of 1917, believing that democracy would be a hindrance in a time of war. However, by May 1918, just a few months after this letter was written, Harding had soured on the idea of increasing Wilson's powers and opposed the bill that would make such an expansion possible.

    Condition: Flattened center fold, toning around edges, and pencil notation on verso. Otherwise very fine.

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