JAMES F. BYRNES
Byrnes signed this 1947 letter to tell book reviewer Harry Hansen that he was
happy about Hansen's "judicial opinion" of Byrnes' book Speaking Frankly.
He wrote it less than a month after leaving his position as Secretary of State.
With original envelope.
Typed letter signed "James F. Byrnes", 1 page, 8½x11, on letterhead of
Hogan & Hartson, Washington, DC. November 13, 1947. To book reviewer
Harry Hansen, New York World Telegram. In full: "Dear Mr. Hansen: I am
confident that in reviewing a book you act judiciously and give to your readers
your unbiased judgment of the value of the publication. Therefore, it is as
inappropriate to thank a reviewer as it would be to thank a Judge for rendering
a favorable decision in a case. I am writing this note, not to express thanks,
but simply to say that I am very happy your judicial opinion of SPEAKING
FRANKLY, on the whole, was so favorable. Sincerely yours,". Accompanied
by: Hogan & Hartson envelope addressed to Harry Hansen. Byrnes
left the cabinet as Secretary of State on January 21, 1947 and wrote this letter
11 months later as counsel at the law firm of Hogan & Hartson. In 1948,
Byrnes established the James F. Byrnes Foundation from the proceeds of
Speaking Frankly and gave out the first $500 scholarship in 1949. The
James. F. Byrnes Foundation still exists. It provides college scholarships for
students who have had one or both parents die. Speaking Frankly is
subtitled "The chief architect of our postwar foreign policy writes with candor
about his experience as Secretary of State". Democrat Byrnes (1882-1972)
was a U.S. Congressman (1911-1925) and U.S. Senator (1931-1941)
from South Carolina before serving as an Associate Justice of the U.S.
Supreme Court (1941-1942). As Secretary of State (1945-1947) under
President Truman, Byrnes attended meetings regarding the establishment of the
United Nations in both London and Lake Success, New York. Byrnes returned to
politics as Governor of South Carolina four years later, serving from
1951 to 1955. Letter is lightly toned and creased. Folded once horizontally and
twice vertically. Envelope is lightly toned and creased. Cut open neatly at top
and top right corner. Otherwise in fine condition.
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