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Andrew W. Mellon

Mellon says that a friend’s article about the White House

“gives an excellent picture of the life there, with which you are so familiar”

Andrew William Mellon, 1855-1937.  American financier, industrialist, and philanthropist; Secretary of the Treasury, 1921-1932; United States Ambassador to Great Britain, 1932-1933.  Autograph Letter Signed, A. W. Mellon, two pages, 5¼” x 7”, with integral leaf attached, on engraved stationery of the American Embassy, [London, England], September 14, 1932.  With original envelope addressed in Mellon’s hand.

Mellon writes a long, personal letter to Mary Randolph, a member of the White House Social Secretary’s staff whom he addresses as “Miss Mary.”  He congratulates her on an article that she wrote about the White House for Cosmopolitan and expresses regret that he did not see her when he was in Washington.  Mellon writes, in full: “I have been much interested in reading the article which you wrote for the Cosmopolitan on the White House.  It gives an excellent picture of the life there, with which you are so familiar, and I feel that an accurate and at the same time dignified description of events there such as you have given is both worth while [sic] and would be of general interest.  /  I am most appreciative of the generous manner in which you referred to me in the article.  /  I was sorry that I did not see you or your sister when I was in Washington, but I was there such a short time that there was no opportunity for calling on my friends or seeing those I had looked forward to finding there.  /  With kind regards, I am  /  Yours sincerely . . . .”

Mellon served as Secretary of the Treasury under three Republican Presidents.  President Warren G. Harding appointed him when Harding took office on March 4, 1921.  Mellon stayed at the Treasury Department through the administration of President Calvin Coolidge and through most of President Herbert Hoover’s term.  He left office on February 12, 1932.  His service as Secretary of the Treasury was the third longest in American history, and he is one of only three cabinet members who served under three different Presidents.

Mellon left the Treasury Department to accept President Hoover’s appointment as Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s in London, where he served when he wrote this letter.

This letter is in very fine condition.  It has one horizontal mailing fold, which affects the text but not Mellon’s signature.  The accompanying envelope is torn at the top and on the back flap and overall is in fine condition.

Unframed.

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