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HENRY C. WALLACE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/14/1922 - DOCUMENT 3691

 

HENRY C. WALLACE
Authorizes importation of trees from Washington's ancestral home for planting at Mt. Vernon
Typed Letter signed: "Henry C Wallace" as Secretary of Agriculture, 2p, 8x10¼. Washington, D.C., 1922 October 14. On official letterhead to Miss Amelia D. Campbell, National Chairman Women's Committee, The Sulgrave Institution, New York, N.Y. In full: "Your letter of October 1 is brought to my attention upon my return to the city. I note your desire to import two small trees, an oak and an elm, from Sulgrave Manor, the ancestral home of George Washington, for planting at Mount Vernon. It will be permissible to do this under Quarantine 37, inasmuch as Mount Vernon is in a sense a public institution. The simplest manner of accomplishing your purpose, and at the same time providing for the necessary inspection of these trees by the inspectors of this Department, is to make the importation through this Department. You are authorized, therefore, to import these trees on the condition that you have them addressed directly to the Federal Horticultural Board, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. You should give explicit instructions to have the earth thoroughly shaken from the roots and to repack the roots in very slightly moistened sphagnum moss, so that they will keep in good condition during transit. As soon as these trees are received in Washington, they will be immediately inspected and forwarded without delay to Mount Vernon, with a letter of advice. It is requested that you advise the Federal Horticultural Board of this Department of the approximate time when this shipment will arrive. Sincerely." Henry Cantwell Wallace (1866-1924) succeeded his father as editor of the "Wallace's Farmer" magazine. He served as Secretary of Agriculture (1921-1924) under Presidents Harding and Coolidge. His son, Henry Agard Wallace (1888-1965) followed in his footsteps to a point, assuming editorship of the family journal and then serving as Secretary of Agriculture (1933-1940). Henry A. Wallace was Vice President in FDR's third term (1941-1945) and mounted a bid for President as nominee of the Progressive Party (1948). SULGRAVE MANOR, England the home of George Washington's ancestors, had belonged to the Priory of St. Andrew until King Henry VIII confiscated monastic properties and sold this one to Lawrence Washington, a wealthy wool merchant and Mayor of Northampton, who built the manor house which still stands on the site. The Washingtons backed the losing side - ironically the Royalist side - in the English Civil War, and Colonel John Washington, great grandfather of the American President, left England to take up land in Virginia in 1856. In 1914, English subscribers, including prominently King George V, bestowed Sulgrave Manor as a gift the people of Great Britain and the United States in celebration of 100 years of peace between the two nations. The estate, which lies about thirty miles from both Stratford-on-Avon and Oxford, is an appealing tourist destination. Lightly creased. Unevenly toned. Paperclip impression in upper left corners. Otherwise, fine condition.


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HENRY C. WALLACE
Born: May 11, 1866 in Rock Island, Illinois
Died: October 25, 1924 in Washington, District of Columbia





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