Lot #97
Harry S. Truman

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Estimate: $200+


TLS signed “Harry,” one page, 8 x 10.5, United States Senate letterhead, November 4, 1937. Letter to John W. Snyder, his close friend who would serve as his Secretary of the Treasury, in part: "You can rest assured I am not running a race with the Governor, and I am not sure I am on the right track if the Post-Dispatch says I am. I wrote to the Commanding General of the Seventh Corps Area regarding J.K. ad I believe it would be a good plan for him to do the same thing. I have not had a reply from the General as yet which makes me believe he is making an effort accommodate me. I sent Drucie some music the other day from Richmond. You tell her if she will play the theme to that Sonata and the first and fourth variations and wind up with the theme again she will have a very pretty piece. That Sonata has been changed from No. 9 to No. 16, and I had a heck of a time trying to find it because the publishers had changed the number. I told her about the Chopin waltz, Opus #42. It will be quite some time before she can play it but there is a pretty easy waltz over in the middle of it that she can play." In fine condition. According to the Truman Library: 'One youngster who never needed to be forced to practice his piano was Harry Truman. He used to get up at 5 o'clock in the morning to practice for two hours. When he became a man, music remained his first passion after politics, and he often said that if he had been a good pianist he never would have become President.'

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #568 - Ended October 10, 2019

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