Harry S. Truman (1884-1972)

Rare autograph letter signed AS PRESIDENT

Rare autograph letter signed AS PRESIDENT “Harry S Truman”. 1p., 7.0 x 9.0 inch, on blind embossed “The White House Washington” letterhead, 1948 May 13. Letter to Mrs. Lauretta Young, his secretary, White House stenographer and the wife of Truman's close friend Merl Young. In full: “Dear Lauretta:- Thanks a lot for the nice birthday present. I'm sure that those cards will bring me luck. It was thoughtful of you and Rose (Rose Conway Truman’s personal stenographer) to remember the day.” In very good condition, with scattered light toning, staining, and foxing. Accompanied by the original White House transmittal envelope, addressed in Truman’s hand. Merl Young was an official of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) and a Missouri crony of Truman’s. Several years later in 1951, Mr. and Mrs. Young were involved in a scandal involving perjury when Mrs. Young accepted a $9,500 mink coat from an attorney representing clients seeking loans from the RFC. Mr. Young was found guilty in 1954. The sad truth is that this affair wouldn’t merit a line of print or a minute of TV reporting today except perhaps for the awful crime of wearing fur.

Price: $ 2,750 / € 2.290