Presented is a typed letter signed by president Dwight Eisenhower to James Bernard West, the then Chief Usher of the White House. Dated December 26, 1959, the letter is typed on White House stationary and signed in black ink “Dwight Eisenhower.” The letter is a gracious thank you note for a Christmas present and includes warm wishes for the New Year.
The letter reads, in full: “Dear Mr. West: I am grateful to you and to Mr. Searles, Mr. Hare, Mr. Scouten and Mr. Carter for the rosebush that you gave to me as a Christmas present and which has been sent to the farm for Chief West’s tender care. I know it will prove handsomely to remind us in future years of all each of you has done and is doing for Mrs. Eisenower and myself. With warm thanks and personal regard come my best wishes to you and yours and a fine 1960, Sincerely, Dwight Eisenhower.”
1 page, partially typed, partially inscribed on cream White House stationary. Signed “Dwight Eisenhower” in black ink pen at bottom right. Signature is bold and very clear. Letter is in good condition, with minimal toning along paper edges, creases from past folding, but otherwise very clean and healthy. Presented unframed.
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