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Richard M. Nixon


Nixon on California navel oranges:

“It would be obscene to convert them to juice!"

Richard Milhous Nixon, 1913-1994.  37th President of the United States.  Autograph Letter Signed, RN, one page, 7¼ x 10½", on engraved personal stationery, Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, April 20, 1989.

Nixon thanks friend and supporter, William W. Stover, for a gift of California navel oranges.  In full:  “Again I am in your debt for those superb California navels.  /  As you may know I peel them by hand & eat one in the morning & another in the afternoon.  It would be obscene to convert them to juice!  /  I am sorry we won't see Loie & you on May 2, but shall work out a mutually convenient date for late May or early June.  /  With warm regards  /  RN"

Stover, with whom Nixon kept in regular contact, was a 1955 graduate of Stanford University Law School.  He also served as the chief of staff for California Senator George L. Murphy.  Loie,” whom Nixon mentions in this letter, was Loie Gaunt, who first worked with Nixon in the United States Senate.  Nixon thanked her in the acknowledgements in his books RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon (1978) and The Real War (1980).

Nixon is scarce in autograph letters signed.  He has penned this one in blue-black fountain pen and has, as was typical, signed with his initials.  The letter has a small stains to the right of the salutation, which we mention for the sake of completeness.  Overall it is in very fine condition.






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