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Item 7020 - Richard Nixon Handwritten Letter Signed Catalog 509 (Oct 2017)

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Sold Price: $10,761.63 (includes buyer's premium)


Uncommon ALS signed “RN,” one page, 7.25 x 10.5, personal letterhead, November 29, 1984. Letter to Roger, in full: "I would appreciate it if you would follow up on Nick's request for an ambassadorial post. I understand he wants Iceland—but Reagan should not be expected to ask for the current man to resign in order to appoint someone else. Nick should take some less prestigious post as a holding pattern until something opens up. I would appreciate it if you would handle this discreetly. I have an ironclad policy not to ask Reagan to appoint anybody—even a close friend—to anything. I must concentrate on the bigger issues." In fine condition, with two light paperclip impressions to the upper left corner.

The release of a recorded Oval Office meeting between President Nixon and Henry Kissinger from November 17, 1971, offered ample evidence to suggest that Nixon was no great admirer of the 'great communicator,' the sitting California governor and a man he had narrowly defeated in the 1968 Republican primaries—Nixon candidly characterized Reagan as 'really pretty shallow' and 'a man of limited mental capacity.' Two years later, on April 30, 1973, Reagan telephoned Nixon amid the escalating Watergate scandal and assured the president that 'this too shall pass.' Nixon, of course, did not survive the 'smoking gun' and resigned his presidency on August 9, 1974. His handwritten letters are decidedly scarce, and this example boasts particularly interesting content connecting the two Republican presidents.

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