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    Warren G. Harding Typed Letter Signed as President. One page (of a bifolium) on White House letterhead, 7" x 8.75", Washington, D.C.; December 31, 1921. A letter from President Harding to Howard Brownell, Miami, Florida, concerning the International Conference on Naval Limitation. In part, "I do not believe that our delegates at the International Conference are leading us into any dangerous ways." Signed, "Warren G. Harding."

    Brownell is unidentified but it appears that he wrote President Harding concerning his fears that participation in the conference was against the United States' best interests, a sentiment with which Harding did not agree. The conference, known as the Washington Conference or the Washington Naval Conference, was held in Washington D.C. from November 12, 1921 to February 6, 1922. It was called by the United States to limit the naval arms race by the world's leading powers and to attain security agreements on the Pacific region. The conference resulted in the signing of several agreements, including the Four-Power Pact, signed by the United States, Great Britain, Japan, and France on December 13, which stipulated that all of the signing nations would be consulted in the event of a controversy between two of them over any matters relating to the Pacific region. The conference also produced the Five-Power Limitation Treaty, signed by the United States, Great Britain, Japan, France, and Italy on February 6, 1922, which halted the post-World War I race in building warships. Ex. R. Douglas Stuart.

    Condition: There is a single horizontal mail fold, but otherwise the item is in fine condition. With dealer provenance from Forest H. Sweet.


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