29th President. Typed letter signed “Warren G. Harding” AS PRESIDENT, one page, 7×10.5, The White House Washington stationery, May 18, 1921 on White House letterhead, “To the Editor of the Times, London, England”, in full:
I congratulate the London Times and its proprietor on the liberality of view, no less than the enterprise, which prompt them to celebrate the birthday of American independence by the publication of a special ‘Fourth of July Edition.’
In the development of civilization, in the extension over ever-widening area’s of the world’s surface of the idea of law as the bedrock of liberty, the two great English-speaking peoples have played a part of immeasurable importance. The splendor of past achievement should and must be an inspiration to continued effort. Our complementary power for good, however, can only be exerted in full beneficence if there be mutual understanding, not only of national hopes and ideals, but of national problems and difficulties. Such an edition as The Times is to publish, in which American questions will be discussed by eminent Americans, must promote such understanding.
A common language and the common source from which we have taken our institutions have laid the foundation of accord. Upon this we may firmly build, knowing that the welfare of the world and the immediate interest of our respective peoples are alike concerned in the continuance of a friendship which has withstood the shocks of more than a hundred years, and a maintained regard for the rights and aspirations of all mankind.
That clearer understanding which the ‘Fourth of July Edition’ will promote will prove the surest antidote to that unfortunate irritation which is too often caused by the actually unimportant but sometimes aggravating utterances of thoughtless demagogues and irresponsible agitators.
Light creasing from prior folds.
A simply amazing letter from a sitting US President discussing the importance of a constructive US-England relationship.