Lot 28: Herbert Hoover handwritten signed letter
10th October 2018
ALS signed “H. C. Hoover,” one page, 8.5 x 11, personal letterhead, May 13, 1913. Letter to Timothy Hopkins, president of the trustees of Stanford University. In full: "I attach hereto the correspondence with Dr. Jordan regarding the definition of his position together with the memorandum which we settled with him as it is probable that these documents should go into the Trustees files." He adds a postscript: "I am tonight telegraphing the resolutions to Branner." In fine condition, with a few light creases. John Caspar Branner was president of Stanford from 1913 to 1915, he was also Stanford's first professor and chair of the Department of Geology and Mining, which was Hoover's field. Hoover holograph letters of all dates are the scarcest of all presidents: he once wrote that he had probably not written over a dozen handwritten letters in his entire life (Vrzalik, Minor – From the President’s Pen, page 92/93). The signature form is very uncommon: until about 1915 he signed “H. C. Hoover,” after which he always signed in full. A very scarce example.
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