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John J. Pershing

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Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe during World War I and one of the most celebrated soldiers in American history (1860–1948). TLS, one page, 6.25 x 9.25, General of the Armies letterhead, February 17, 1923. Pershing writes to John Wesley Hill, chancellor of Lincoln Memorial University. In part: “I have … read with much interest your letter … regarding the Lincoln Birthday Gift which you are raising for the Lincoln Memorial University. Naturally, I am deeply interested in everything which tends to raise the standard of intelligence and education of our people and it is a matter of genuine regret that I cannot comply with your request for a contribution to the funds…. It is difficult for me to refuse your request, and only the fact that I am approached on such a large number of … requests … prevents my making this donation….” In fine condition. R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #330 - Ended February 13, 2008