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    Warren G. Harding Letter Signed "Warren G Harding". Two pages, 8.75" x 11", "In Camp"; July 24, 1921. Written in black ink on National Press Club Stationary and addressed to Mrs. Jonathan Lower, referred to as "Aunt Nannie". A lighthearted letter to congratulate "Aunt Nannie" on her superior baking skills, and signed by numerous members of "The Vagabonds" and their wives. It reads, in full:

    "Fifteen healthful and discriminatory people have been singing your praises at the camp breakfast table, and the things said of you and your baking were so pleasing that some thoughtful person thought you ought to know about it. We do not all know about you, but we do know about your art in baking. Any pen would halt in seeking to do justice to cookies, oatmeal, cakes and doughnuts. With a touch (no light one_ of superlative good jam they were food fit to make Epicure sorry he did not live at this day. The holes in the doughnuts were not preferable to others, except they were smaller, but the surrounding was surprisingly good. All paid willing and enthusiastic tribute. More, it was voted as any real and worth while art to take. The fundamentals of baking and combine them with creations which made us rejoice in the present day and by grateful for our inheritances. We all send your gratitude and praise, attended by much cordial good wishes." The letter has also been signed by Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and William F. Anderson.

    Starting around 1914 a group consisting of Henry Ford, John Burroughs, Thomas Edison, and Harvey Firestone, partook in what would become yearly caravan camping trips across the United States. The tours included trips to the Everglades, the Great Smokies, and road trips from Pennsylvania to Tennessee to Maryland. By 1918, the group grew to include Harvey Firestone, Jr., and the men became known as "The Vagabonds". In 1921, the Vagabonds' wives were eager to join the party, and the journey through Maryland and Pennsylvania comprised of Mrs. Edison, Mrs. Ford, Mrs. Firestone, Mrs. Harvey Firestone Jr., Mrs. Anderson, as well as President William G. Harding.

    Condition: Dark, uneven toning throughout, else good.


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