Superb pairing of items: a TLS as president, one page, 6.75 x 8.75, White House letterhead, November 8, 1968, to Under Secretary of State Nicholas Katzenbach, in part: "I accept your resignation with gratitude for all you have done, over the past eight years, in behalf of a more just America and a safer world. Few men have been so deeply involved in the critical issues of our time. Your counsel, your courage, your sober judgment and tireless devotion to your country have been of inestimable benefit to me, as they were to President Kennedy. Your selflessness in leaving the Cabinet to assume the duties of Under Secretary of State was a testament to your character that I shall never forget. You leave with many brilliant achievements to your credit—and with the deep respect of those with whom you worked and whom you served"; and President Johnson's personally-used crib notes for his speech upon the swearing-in of Katzenbach as Under Secretary of State, typed on both sides of four 5 x 3 cards, concluding: "Attorney General by title, he has for the past five years been one of the key participants in the inner councils of the Presidency. In the Dominican crisis, in the Cuban crisis, in the Berlin crisis, Nick was available and called upon for his views and his judgments. And those who have profited from his counsel as I have, will realize that as Under Secretary of State we are gaining a talented, creative administrator who is not really changing jobs, but merely rechanneling his creativity." Includes Katzenbach's handwritten identification sheet: "LBJ's crib cards for his speech when I was sworn in as Under Secy." In fine condition, with paperclip impression to the top edge of the letter. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope for the letter.
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