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by HARDING, Warren G

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("Warren G. Harding" with one holograph correction in Harding's hand) in black fountain pen ink on his Warren G. Harding, Marion, Ohio letterhead with St. Augustine, Florida added, February 10, 1921. 4to (7 1/4" x 10 1/2"); 1 page (recto only); very good, fresh (old mailing folds; minor signs of handling). Harding letter to Hearst offering a possible cabinet appointment. President Woodrow Wilson's "internationalism" so antagonized William Randolph Hearst that, in 1920, he declared in a front page editorial that he would support the Democratic nominee for President, James Cox, only if he threw off the "Wilson yoke." When Cox refused to do so, Hearst stood by his work and, for the first time, endorsed a Republican candidate for President, Warren G. Harding. Harding was not insensitive to the effects of this gesture on his campaign. Just a few weeks before his inauguration, President-elect Harding writes this remarkable letter to the publishing magnate. To Mr. William Randolph Hearst c/o The New York Journal New York, N.Y. "My dear Mr. Hearst: I have just this moment concluded a telephone conversation with Mr. Hayes who reported on the execution of a request which I had made of him. I was very much gratified to have him report that you would accept a certain Cabinet appointment as my best judgment in meeting a situation and at least give it tolerant consideration rather that make what might be a rather natural opposition thereto. You can be sure that I would make no appointment if I did not believe it wise from the viewpoint of service and have in mind the added good result of harmonizing the American spirit and committing us unitedly to a forward movement. It has pleased me immensely to be assured of your readiness to accept my view of the situation. I have not had opportunity at any time to personally express to you the gratitude I felt for the part you and your influential publications played in the late campaign. I have spirit of devotion to America which inspired you. Nevertheless, it elicited my most grateful appreciation and I want you to know of it. I hope you will feel free to let me have your suggestions and advice, because the incoming administration belongs to all of America and I am sure you can be very helpful. I presume Mr. Brisbane told you of my desire for an interview. I shall look forward to having it at Washington since I assume you found it inconvenient to permit me to see you here. With very best wishes, I am, Very truly yours, Warren G. Harding." Hearst of course did not take a seat in Harding's cabinet; either because it was not ultimately offered or because he declined to do so. Harding was declared officially elected on February 9th . He was inaugurated as 29th President of the United States on March 4th. Provenance: from the estate of William Randolph Hearst.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. No Binding. Fine/No Jacket.


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