Lot 73: Typed memorandum, signed as president, one page, 8 x 10.5, White House letterhead, no date. Headed at the top, "Memorandum for The Secretary of the Treasury; From The President." In full: "Attached is a copy of a telegram from William Benton which calls attention to certain facts in the report of the Senate Subcommittee on Senator McCarthy. I believe this telegram should be considered in connection with the investigation by your Department of the matters discussed in the Subcommittee's report." Vertical creasing and light toning to right side (trivially affecting the last few letters of the signature), otherwise fine condition. Benton, a Connecticut senator, introduced ten 'case studies' supporting his resolution to expel McCarthy from the Senate, including a suspicious $10,000 fee from the Lustron Corporation and various income tax irregularities. Benton's telegram to Truman undoubtedly was sent before he introduced his case studies, which would interest the Treasury Department. The Gillette Committee eventually voted unanimously to investigate Benton's accusations. An intriguing memo in the midst of the 'Red Scare.'
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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