Richard Nixon 1972 Typed Letter Signed as President – Incredible Vietnam Content Just Ahead Of The Moscow Summit


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37th President.  Typed letter signed “RN” AS PRESIDENT, one page, 7×10.5, White House letterhead, May 17, 1972. Letter to The Evening Star editor Newbold Noyes, Jr., in full:

I would be remiss if I did not tell you, before leaving for Moscow, of my appreciation for the Star’s editorial support on the decision I announced on May 8.  The Star’s appeal for national unity at this time is especially welcome and deeply gratifying.

We all hope for an honorable and lasting end to this long, difficult conflict, and we have proposed a reasonable way to do just that – by Hanoi’s returning our prisoners of war and an agreeing to an internationally supervised ceasefire.  The majority of Americans, just like you do, support what we are doing to stop the fighting and, because of this, the world has become aware of our resolve.  Such a display of purpose, as you have called for so forcefully in your editorial, can play an important part in hastening the day of peace every American seeks. 

In very good condition, staple hole at top left, erased pencil note at top right.

Accompanied by carbon copy of Noyes’ response to Nixon, May 30, 1972, in part:  “Welcome home!  It was most thoughtful of you, even while getting ready for Moscow, to write me about The Star’s editorial support for your May 8 Vietnam decision…No sane American can fail to hope and pray that Hanoi ultimately will accept  your P.O.W. and ceasefire proposals.”

In response to the ongoing NVA Eastertide Offensive, on May 8, 1972, President Nixon announced Operation Linebacker I, which called for the mining of North Vietnam’s harbors, along with intensified bombing of roads, bridges, and oil facilities. The announcement brought international condemnation of the U.S. and ignited more anti-war protests in America.

The Moscow Summit of 1972 was a summit meeting between President Richard M. Nixon of the United States and General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. It was held May 22–30, 1972. It featured the signing of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, the first Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT I), and the U.S.–Soviet Incidents at Sea agreement. The summit is considered one of the hallmarks of the détente at the time between the two Cold War antagonists.

A simply fantastic Nixon letter with great content across several important topics during that tumultuous time.