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Warren G. Harding

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Warren Gamaliel Harding, 1865-1923.  29th President of the United States.  Typed Letter Signed, Warren G. Harding, one page, 7” x 8¾”, on stationery of The White House, Washington, [D.C.], December 4, 1922.

This is a beautiful letter in which Harding responds to the request of Wall Street financier S. R. Berton for a meeting.  In part:  “If you are coming to Washington after the week ending December 9th, and will advise Mr. Christian of the day of your coming, I will make it a point to assign time for an interview.”

Samuel Reading Bertron (1865-1938) was president of the New York international banking firm Bertron, Griscom & Company.   He was also a director of the American-Russian Chamber of Commerce, which promoted economic, commercial, and industrial relations between the United States and the Soviet Union.  In the early 1920s, Bertron was one of several financiers who sought to develop commercial airship operations in the United States after the United States seized German patents on rigid airships during World War I.

The “Mr. Christian” to whom Harding refers in this letter was George Christian, a secretary who was himself skilled at signing Harding’s name and whose secretarial signatures can confuse those who are unfamiliar with them.  Harding signed this letter himself with a dark fountain pen signature. 

The letter is in very fine condition.  It has one normal mailing fold and tiny, almost unnoticeable stains at the top and bottom.

Unframed.

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