Lot 76: TLS signed "Ike," two pages, 7 x 10.25, personal letterhead, September 25, 1963. Letter to his White House Chief of Staff, Wilton Persons. In part: "I am receiving, as you can well imagine, a number of requests already for me to participate in preliminary political affairs in many states, and the National Committee has me booked for two or three speeches in 1964. Last year, in the 1962 election, they asked me to make three talks and I ended up by going into twenty-one states and making something like twenty-seven speeches. I just cannot do that kind of thing any more. I am trying by articles, statements and by every means open to me to stress (a) the need for all Republicans and like-thinking people to get together for a big push regardless of the personalities nominated…and (b) to start now the organizational work and preliminary training for carrying out an intensive program of bell ringing, distribution of literature on the important issues, getting people properly registered and 'getting to the polls on time.'" He adds a short postscript at the conclusion, initialed "D," apologizing for declining the request for an appearance. In fine condition. The 1964 election put the incumbent Lyndon B. Johnson against Republican nominee Barry Goldwater, and Eisenhower stayed true to his sentiments in this letter by publicly backing Goldwater despite his past harsh criticisms of the Eisenhower administration.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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