37th President. Typed letter signed (TLS) “RN” AS PRESIDENT, one page, 6.75×8.75, White House letterhead, December 5, 1970. Letter to Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, in full:
The book enclosed with this note is a token of my appreciation for the important contribution you have made toward the cause of good government. As you know, I will always be grateful personally to you for the great help you have given to my efforts, and I thought these collected speeches might serve to point out the paths this Administration is taking to achieve the goals all of us are seeking—for our country, for ourselves, and for our children.
In fine condition. Accompanied by the retained carbon copy of Agnew’s response. Originates from the personal estate of Spiro Agnew.
Nixon’s gift may have been due to Agnew’s intense activity in campaigning for Republican candidates in the 1970 midterm elections, which had occurred a few weeks earlier. Although the party lost seats in Congress, the strategy devised by Nixon and Agnew in courting the ‘Silent Majority’ by focusing on social issues continues to influence Republican campaign tactics today.