27th President. Typed letter signed (TLS) signed “Wm. H. Taft” three pages, 8×10.5, personal letterhead, February 24, 1921. Letter to Gus Karger, in part: “I saw that there was some doubt whether Hoover would accept the appointment Harding offers him, of Commerce; I sent him a telegram today, urging that he accept. If he does, it will be a great triumph for those who have earnestly hoped that Harding might throw down the gage of battle at once to Johnston and Borah…I feel sure, from what I know of Harry Daugherty that he will surprise a good many people with the efficiency of his office…The head of the Department of Justice will find that the chief requirement is organization, and in keeping that up to the mark he will need to exercise great discretion and commonsense in dealing with the law enforcement branch of his Department; I mean the detective branch…I agree with you too that Daugherty can render good service in maintaining the relations between Congress and President. Penrose seems to be the sinister figure, but is a much stronger man than Lodge. Lodge seems to be fading into insignificance.”
Taft makes several handwritten emendations throughout. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, significant dampstaining and soiling, and rusty paperclip marks to upper left corner; Taft’s signature remains clear and unaffected.