Excessively rare ALS as president, one page both sides, 6.75 x 8.75, White House letterhead, December 14, 1971. Letter to General and Mrs. Aldrich, thanking them for their hospitality. In full: "I want you to know how much I enjoyed staying in your delightful home. The Christmas decorations, the decor and particularly the charming family pictures (the wedding picture especially!) made me feel very much at home. I know our visit was a great inconvenience for your family and staff-give them my appreciation. A very happy Christmas to all of you. We are proud to have such a fine family in the service of the United States." In fine condition, with trivial mounting remnants to upper corners.
Air Force General Thomas A. Aldrich, stationed at Lajes Field in the Azores, hosted President Nixon from December 12-14 during his visit to the archipelago for a meeting with French President Georges Pompidou. The summit was convened for the two leaders to discuss monetary policy regarding systems of international exchange. The Nixon administration's major economic goal was to halt inflation, and in order to do so the president made the decision to cancel the direct convertibility of the United States dollar to gold. Autograph letters signed by President Nixon are exceedingly rare, and with an association to one of the most influential changes in the economy in modern history this is an absolutely incredible example.
Ex. Christie's, December 19, 2002; sale 1060, lot 326.
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