34th President. Typed letter signed (TLS) “DE” AS PRESIDENT, one page, 7.25 x 10.5, White House letterhead, December 22, 1954. Letter to White House Chief of Staff Wilton B. Persons, in part:
As you are one of the small group who joined together to make a Christmas gift for Pete Carroll’s children, I want to tell you of the results of our joint effort.
On Monday I asked Ruth and the boys to come in to see Mamie and me. I then told her of our idea and gave her the original of the enclosed letter, together with a check for more than $18,000.
Fifty friends joined in this gift. It seemed a happier thing not to give Ruth the donors’ names and amounts.
Needless to say, she was tremendously moved by the gift. If she knew of the identity of such donors she would individually express her gratitude to each. I did not give her the names—assuring her that I would convey to each of you her sense of profound appreciation…
While this year, of course, nothing could make Christmas a happy occasion for Ruth and her family, I do assure you that you have firmly removed from her mind a burden of worry and have helped assure a bright future for Pete’s fine boys.
In fine condition, with a rusty paperclip impression to the top edge.
Carroll was a US army brigadier general who became correspondence chief for General Dwight D. Eisenhower following World War II. He served as Eisenhower’s military advisor during the Korean war and later assumed the position of staff secretary and defense liaison officer during Eisenhower’s first two years in presidency. Carroll passed away at the age of 44 just three months before this letter was written.