27th President. Typed letter signed (TLS) “Wm H. Taft”, January 3, 1916, personal stationery from New Haven, Connecticut, 7×9, to Gus Karger at the Post Building in Washington, D.C., in full:
I have read your article of December 27th on the action of the Democrats in nominating Roosevelt, and it seems to me to hit the nail on the head exactly. I would keep that up, if I were you. If there ever was a joke, this attempt to stampede a Republican Convention by Democrats and Progressives, and the Steel Trust, is one.
Karger was the press chief of William Howard Taft’s 1908 presidential campaign and director of the Republican Party’s press bureau in the 1912 presidential election.
The letter has a rusted paperclip at top left. Large, dark signature.