William H. Taft Typed Letter Signed As President – To His Postmaster General


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27th President.  Typed letter signed (TLS) “Wm. H. Taft” AS PRESIDENT, four-leaf paper with signature and closing on integral, 7×8.75, Washington, November 20, 1912, White House letterhead, to Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock, introducing fellow Republican E.E.E. McJimsey, the Postmaster of Springfield, in full:

This will introduce to you Mr. E.E.E. McJimsey of the Springfield Republican in Missouri, and the Postmaster at Springfield.  He has a question of location of postal quarters which he will explain to you.  He will make a full and frank statement on this subject, I know, because he has to me.  The wisdom of what he proposes will have to be settled by you rather than by me, because you are more familiar with questions of that kind.  What McJimsey says seems to me to have good sense in it – to put the main post-office center where the greatest business is.  My own judgment is that it is generally a mistake, by the location of a post office, to attempt to change the current of business.  Post offices should follow business and not make it; but these few lucubrations of my own I do not offer as controlling.

Light soiling and stray creasing with typeset a shade light.