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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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Born: May 2, 1882 in Charleston, South Carolina
Died: April 9, 1972 in Columbia, South Carolina

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