Warren G. Harding Autograph Letter Signed To His Future White House Secretary For Sale
39-year old Warren G. Harding writes on Christmas Day to the father of his future White House Secretary
“Things are not half bad. You might be dead, or worse, in politics...I tackled Santa Claus for a new set of nerves but he turned me down. He declared that if people could buy nerves to order, I’d be getting a new set myself...with the very best wishes a man can write on this great, glad holiday, and the Duchess joins in heartily. She’s a regular female Santa Claus and is glad of it.”
HARDING, WARREN G. 1865-1923. 29th President of the U.S. Autograph Letter Signed, Four pages, Octavo, 4 3/4 in. x 6 1/2 in., [Marion, Ohio], dated “Christmas, 1904”, on Mrs. Harding’s gilt-embossed “FKH” monogrammed stationery. Written to “Colonel [George B. Christian] and Cooney”.
Harding pens (in full):
Dear Colonel and Cooney:
Christmas! Just as like as not you will think the circumstances not very suggestive of merriment, but bless you! Things are not half bad. You might be dead, or worse, in politics. Besides, it is not without compensation to be housed with pretty nurses and comfortable surroundings, and let the world wag a little without sweating about it. The labels will indicate the bon bon dish is a little remembrance for Coonie. She might also have gotten a blooming plant to add color to her loafing quarters.
Christmas. It won’t seem quite right if the Senior Christians are not here. Wish you could join us in making merry. No body’s else’s presence is so valued.
Rooting and grunting and glad.”
Colonel George B. Christian (1847-1930) was the father of George B. Christian, Jr., who was then 31 years old, at the time of this letter (Harding was 39). The Christian family lived next door to the Harding’s in Marion, Ohio. In 1915, newly elected U.S. Senator, Warren G. Harding, asked his boyhood friend to come with him to Washington as his personal secretary, and George B. Christian, Jr. became his White House secretary in 1921. “Duchess” was Harding’s nickname for his wife Florence.
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