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    Warren G. Harding Typed Letter Signed "Warren G. Harding" as President, 1.5 pages, 7" x 8.75", conjoined leaves. The White House, Washington, June 24, 1922. To Rollo Ogden, The New York Times, New York City. Harding had recently played a round of golf with Ogden, Speaker of the House Gillett and Senator Kellogg. In part, "Golfing is really a most delightful passtime [sic], and does perform the service of bringing devotees more closely together. I have sometimes thought it had a tendency to enable a man to subdue any tendency to irritability. One thing I like about it better than all else is that it always leaves one with a hope that he will do better on the morrow. Frankly, I was considerably disappointed over the game to which I induced you. I really can play a little bit better myself than my exhibition suggested, on the day of your visit, and our opponents are vastly better than they showed that day. I always held that Gillett and Kellogg are the two outstanding players in Congress, with the exception of a much younger member from Massachusetts. You must come again and let us heal our shattered reputations." At the time of this letter, Harding was 56, Ogden was 66, Speaker of the House Frederick H. Gillett was 70, and Senator Frank B. Kellogg was 65. Ogden was then associate editor of The New York Times; he succeeded to the post of editor upon the death of Charles Ransom Miller one month later on July 18, 1922. Harding then tells Ogden, who had been a staunch supporter of Woodrow Wilson and still supported U.S. entry into the League of Nations (opposed by Harding) that he "was quite sincere in saying that I would be glad to give you or your intimate associates a slant on important things at any time it is desired" but that he does "not entertain any expectation that the Times is going to commit itself to this administration..." He concludes, "In any event you must come again and let us see that some improvement is made in the ridiculous scores recorded on the occasion of your last visit." While in the Senate, Harding played golf regularly at the Chevy Chase Golf Club in "senatorial foursomes." As president, he played golf once or twice a week and was an honorary member of the United States Golf Association's executive committee. There is light tanning in the blank margins of each page and a stain in a blank area under the letterhead. The right side of the second page has light type offset from another letter. Light smudging of the first stroke of the "H" in "Harding." Overall, the letter is in very good condition.

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