Warren G. Harding Typed Letter Signed as President – “Referred To The Civil War By Saying ‘Both Were Wrong And Both Right.'”


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29th President.  Typed letter signed (TLS) “Warren G. Harding” AS PRESIDENT, one page, 7×8.75, White House letterhead, April 15, 1921, to James D. Phelan, U.S. Senator from California, in full:

Thank you for yours of April thirteenth.

Recalling your statement as to the feelings of the King of Spain and, noting his report of the inquiry as given to you by the Secretary of the Navy, I am disposed to render a verdict like that of our famous old character, out in Ohio, the immortal ‘J.N.,’ who always referred to the Civil War by saying ‘both were wrong and both right.’

My very cordial greetings.

Great Civil War reference from President Harding.  We believe “J.N.” refers to Jacob Norman Free (1828-1904), a traveling eccentric famous in the middle west for his florrid, nonsensical speeches.

In fine condition, toning, mounting remnants on verso of second leaf.