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Calvin Coolidge


" . . . because of my deep faith in the cause of truth"

John Calvin Coolidge, Jr., 1872–1933.  30th President of the United States, 1923-1929.  Typed Letter Signed, Calvin Coolidge, one page, 8½" x 11", on engraved personal stationery, Plymouth, Vermont, September 28, 1932.

This letter provides interesting insight into the taciturn Coolidge, who rarely said much of anything, especially in writing.  In it, the former President sends "hearty congratulations" to the Holyoke, Massachusetts, newspaper, the Transcript-Telegram, on its fiftieth anniversary.  He does so, he says, because of his "deep faith in the cause of truth which you serve."  He writes, in full:  “This is to extend to you my hearty congratulations on the observance of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the publication of your daily newspaper.  You have not only grown and expanded yourself but have seen your community grow and expand so that your opportunity for service has increased almost from day to day.  As a source of the news of the time and as a guide to candid public opinion through your editorial columns your reputation has become nation wide.  Not only because of my long time acquaintance of the managers of your enterprise but because of my deep faith in the cause of truth which you serve I wish you continuing success."

The newspaper was published by a prominent New England family, the Dwights, whose forbears emigrated to America from England around 1634.  Among the descendants were a number of jurists, educators, authors, military leaders, merchants, and clergy.  William Dwight became part owner of the weekly Holyoke Transcript in 1882 and transformed it into a daily newspaper.  In 1926, he bought the Holyoke Telegram, and the combined newspapers became the Transcript-Telegram, which remained the name until it ceased publication in 1993.  Dwight died in 1930, and his wife, Minnie, became the publisher and his son, also named William, became the managing editor. 

Coolidge has signed this letter with a strong blue-gray fountain pen signature.  The letter has horizontal and vertical folds, and one of the vertical folds goes through Coolidgeʼs last name in the signature.  A few pencil marks have been erased, and the letter shows some handling.  Overall it is in very good to fine condition, and its content makes it attractive.




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