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Cordell Hull

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Cordell Hull, 1871-1955. Senator from Tennessee, 1931-1933; Secretary of State, 1933-1944. Outstanding content Typed Letter Signed, Cordell Hull, one page, quarto, on stationery of the United States Senate, November 23, 1932.

In the depths of the Great Depression, Hull writes to Wall Street financier S. R. Bertron. In part: “Many large groups of American people are in frightful condition. They are not able to pay onehalf [sic] of their taxes for the past year. They are in a most ugly state of mind. Without going into details, I shall hope to see you and talk out with you some of the more important and pressing phases which are uppermost in our minds.”

A little more than two months later, Hull became President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Secretary of State.

Samuel Reading Bertron (1865-1938), to whom Hull wrote this letter, was president of the New York international banking firm Bertron, Griscom & Company.

The letter bears a beautiful blue fountain pen signature by Hull. It has horizontal and vertical mailing folds and a few other bends but overall is in fine condition. 

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