37th President. Typed letter signed (TLS) “Richard Nixon”, one page, 7.25×10.5, personal letterhead from San Clemente, California, February 23, 1979, in full:
Your letter of January 16th was most thoughtful.
It was a privilege for all the guests to be present at the White House for such a momentous event. Let us hope that the new relationship between the P.R.C. and the U.S.A. will contribute to peace in the world.
Mailing folds, some spotting to front, 3 strips of residue from previous mounting on verso.
While President, Nixon made an historic trip to China – becoming the first U.S. President to do so.
Nixon returned to the White House on January 29, 1979 for a State Dinner in honor of Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping and his wife, Madame Zhuo Lin, who were making an official visit to Washington. It marked the highest-ranking Chinese visitor to the White House since Madame Chiang Kai-shek visited in 1943. President Carter had not wanted to invite Nixon, but Deng had said he would visit Nixon in California if the former president was not invited. Nixon had a private meeting with Deng.
Fantastic letter connecting one of Nixon’s signature accomplishments with an historic return to the White House.