JOHN BARRETT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/14/1930 - HFSID 140332
Sale Price $162.00
1938 signed letter of the American diplomat, first director of the Pan American Union. Extremely rare!
Typed Letter signed: "John Barrett" in black ink, 1 page, 7¾x9¾. Accompanied by his rare, unsigned sepia photo (1¾x2½). University Club, New York City, New York, October 14, 1930. On his official letterhead at Pan American and other International Public Relations to "My dear Mr. Chase," Ernest L. Chase, Chase Associates, New York City, in full: "Upon my return to New York from absence at my country home at Grafton, Vermont, preparing my decisions as international arbitrator in several inter-American commercial controversies and from an earlier airplane trip across Canada, discussing Canada's relationship to the great question of Pan Americanism, I find your esteemed note of October 7, addressed to me at Grafton, Vermont. While I appreciate profoundly your kind references to my letter in the New York Times of September 29 and my knowledge of Pan American relations as bearing upon your project for forming a "CLUB DE LAS AMERICAS" as I am concerned. Ever since I voluntarily resigned, after devoting fourteen years to building up the Pan American Union at Washington from an unknown bureau into a world recognized organization, following extended service as United States Minister in Latin American countries, my time has been largely occupied, first, as Chairman of the unofficial and altruistic international Pan American Committee, the task imposed upon me by the President of the United States in 1923, whose purpose is to promote permanent Pan Americanism through awakening the interest of the future-controlling generation of Latin Americans. This latter service requires considerable Funds and I am devoting all I can earn from advice and counsel in Pan American matters to this most worthy altruistic cause. If you want me to pass an opinion on your program for five hundred dollars to be devoted to the cause of our Committee, as shown in the enclosed confidential memorandum, I will give it special study and render an opinion which may be helpful to you. Yours very truly". John Barrett (1866-1938) was appointed the first Director General of the Pan-American Union in 1907. Serving until 1921, he is regarded as one of the Pan-American Union's most influential directors in history. Before being elected he served as a United States Minister in Latin American countries, such as Argentina, Panama and Colombia. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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