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J. EDGAR HOOVER This rare personal letter - the first we've ever seen - was signed by Hoover and typed for the wife of his ghostwriter Courtney Ryley Cooper in 1937. Hoover discusses his concerns about an upcoming reorganization bill in Congress in this letter.

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This rare personal letter - the first we've ever seen - was signed by Hoover and typed for the wife of his ghostwriter Courtney Ryley Cooper in 1937. Hoover discusses his concerns about an upcoming reorganization bill in Congress in this letter. But he also attends to personal matters, encouraging Cooper and his wife to visit him on the West Coast and expressing reluctance at sending them "an early youth picture" of himself.
Rare ersonal typed letter signed "J.E.H." as FBI Director, 2 pages, 6½x9, 1 sheet folded, on Hoover's letterhead as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. July 28, 1937. Addressed to Mrs. Courtney Ryley Cooper, Sebring, Florida. In full: "Dear Gen: I received your letter of the 18th, and it was like old times again to hear from you. I note your request for an early youth picture. I am still somewhat hesitant about succumbing to this re-quest. However, I may dig one out and send it to you, though I am quite certain that if James A. Farley knew it went through the mails I might land smack into Alcatraz because it is even not as modest as Mahatma Gandhi. I do so much appreciate the help which Ryley has been to us in helping on the editorials. I know how much time it must have taken him to do these and I just felt terrible about intruding upon him. All in all, I have been kind of sickened about the whole situation. Mrs. Baloney was down yesterday to see us and she has more ideas than a proverbial skunk has so-so. I have finally gotten her down now to a definite list and ar-rangement of the subjects. It is only because of the large group which will be reached through this medium and the possible help and assistance that this very large group of women may be to us in law enforcement that I just didn't throw up the sponge and call the whole thing off. I am really looking forward to seeing you both on the West Coast. I am hoping that Congress will finish up here shortly. I have been somewhat worried about the reorganization bill which provides for the placing of all governmental agencies under Civil Service, in-cluding this bureau. The way it looks now it will not be considered until next season, and if it is not and Congress gets away, I am then planning to get away to the Coast at least for a few weeks and then am hoping that we can have a real reunion and possibly attend a wrestling bout in Hollywood. With best regards and good wishes, I am Sincerely,". This is thefirst personal letter written by J. Edgar Hoover that we have ever seen. Lightly toned and creased. Folded once and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Original printed FBI mailing envelope. Postmarked Washington, DC, July 29, 1937. Addressed to Mr.s Courtney Ryley Cooper, Sebring, Florida. With one purple-and-white 3¢ Washington stamp affixed. Lightly toned, soiled, stained and creased. Top has been torn open. Otherwise in fine condition. HOOVER (1895-1972, born John Edgar Hoover in Washington, DC) served as the first Director of the FBI from 1924 until his death in 1972. During his 48-year term, he restored order to the department and established the world's largest fingerprint file and the FBI Academy. The FBI fought organized crime in the Prohibition era. Under his direction, the FBI also infiltrated the American Communist Party, the Ku Klux Klan and other subversive organizations. It also conducted counterintelligence during WWII and the Cold War. By the 1970s, Hoover came under frequent public criticism for his authoritarian administration, but his power was so great that no President dared to remove him. COURTNEY RYLEY COOPER (1886-1940, born in Kansas City, Missouri), husband of the addressee, wrote many fiction and nonfiction books, mostly about the old West. He also served as Hoover's ghostwriter on many an occasion. JAMES A. FARLEY (1888-1976, born in Grassy Point, New York) was President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Postmaster General (1933-1940).

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