Lot 61: TLS as president, one page, 7 x 8.75, White House letterhead, August 19, 1922. Letter to Colonel Myron T. Herrick, in part: "We do have it in mind to come to Cleveland the latter part of September when I am to receive the Thirty-Third Degree in Scottish Rite Masonry. There have been no plans made for that occasion, however, and it does not seem possible to definitely decide upon any plans at the present time. Personally, it would be a very great joy to come to your home. I have been there before and I know how hospitable it is. I am sure Mrs. Harding would likewise enjoy being a guest under your roof." In fine condition, with trivial creasing and soiling, and office notations to upper portion. Accompanied by an unsigned portrait of Harding issued as a supplement to the Philadelphia Sunday Inquirer. After being blackballed twice by disapproving Brothers at the Marion Lodge #70 in Marion, Ohio—once for his rumored African American ancestry, then again for his Republican affiliation—Harding was initiated an Entered Apprentice on June 28, 1901. However, due to ongoing personal antagonism, it would be another nineteen years until he advanced to Master Mason, achieving the degree on August 27, 1920. Less than two months later, Harding was overwhelmingly elected the 29th president of the United States.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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