Lot 79: TLS as president signed "D. E.," one page, 7 x 10.25, White House letterhead, December 22, 1954. Letter to David Marx, of the famous toy manufacturer Louis Marx and Company, in part: "As you are one of the small group who joined together to make a Christmas gift for Pete Carroll's children, I want to tell you of the results of our joint effort. On Monday I asked Ruth and the boys to come in to see Mamie and me. I then told her of our idea and gave her the original of the enclosed letter, together with a check for more than $18,000. Fifty friends joined in this gift. It seemed a happier thing not to give Ruth the donors' names and amounts….This I did for two reasons. First, we started the plan on an 'anonymous' basis, and I wished to maintain that status. Second, I wanted an opportunity personally to express my own thanks to real friends who have thus helped to discharge part of our country's debt to a man like Pete. While this year, of course, nothing could make Christmas a happy occasion for Ruth and her family, I do assure you that you have firmly removed from her mind a burden of worry and have helped assure a bright future for Pete's fine boys." Eisenhower adds a brief postscript, "I thought you would be interested to read the attached copy of a letter I just received from Ruth Carroll." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Carroll was a US army brigadier general who became correspondence chief for General Dwight D. Eisenhower following World War II. He served as Eisenhower's military advisor during the Korean war and later assumed the position of staff secretary and defense liaison officer during Eisenhower's first two years in presidency. Carroll passed away at the age of 44 just three months before this letter was written.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466
Wednesday, 9th December 2015
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