DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Dwight D. Eisenhower sends a typed letter discussing them forming a partnership for the cattle. Typed Letter Signed: "Ike" with 45-word holograph postscript signed: "D", 2p, 7x10¼, separate sheets. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 1962 July 6.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower sends a typed letter discussing them forming a partnership for the cattle.
Typed Letter Signed: "Ike" with 45-word holograph postscript signed: "D", 2p, 7x10¼, separate sheets. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 1962 July 6. To former Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Lewis L. Strauss, Brandy Rock Farm, Brandy, Virginia. In full: "I have come to the conclusion that we should abandon our purpose, certainly for the summer, of forming a partnership in the cattle herd here on my farm. I have been so busy that I have been unable to give a great deal of continuous thought to the matter but I have come into possession of bits and pieces of information that makes the thing look hopeless. The first thing is that I incline more and more to dispersing the herd after I shall have owned it entirely for about six months. In other words, about February. While this particular decision could be subject to change if circumstances were to change, it is my current intention. Next, I am just too busy to work out any new agreement and am badly behind not only in my writing and correspondence but also in my preparation of documents that are going to be necessary both in Europe and very shortly after I return. On top of this my stream of callers, except for my almost arbitrary refusal during these past few days to see them, has become very burdensome. The upshot of this is that until final disposition is made of my herd, I have to keep General Nevins, and the reduction of the overhead was one of the things on which we agreed in the event of the forming of a partnership. A most laughable in Eisenhower's own hand [^ but] important reason is that our two principal representatives in the cow business are completely unable to see eye to eye. They respect each other highly but are just consistently opposed to hunting for any middle ground anywhere. I really get a chuckle when I listen to Bob talking to me about the same things that you read to me out of the report made to you by Cy. In any event the whole business is not important enough to make much difference whether or not I stay in it. Indeed, my feeling at the moment is that I shall get completely out of the quality and high breed cattle business and run the farm on the basis of buying and selling meat cattle. In other words, to raise enough feed during the summer to carry a certain number of steers over the winter and possibly raising enough grain to finish them off at least to the grade of choice. Another consideration that makes it possible for me to keep the cattle, at least up to the time of spring sale, is a slight windfall which I received and which can be devoted to carrying the herd, which can be charged off against expenses. I shall never forget your great kindness in offering to make any kind of a deal that I thought was fair. Mamie got a hold of Alice last Sunday afternoon to inquire about your health and found that you had stayed in the hospital only a very brief time. I do most earnestly pray that you will be restored to your accustomed state of health. I'm sorry for all the trouble I caused you in this rather bewildered way in which I have been looking at my affairs and thank you from the bottom of my heart. My dearest love to Alice and of course all the very best to yourself, As ever," Eisenhower adds in holograph: "P.S. Forgive the rather unorganized character of this letter. I dictated it on the run, as I was going to my car - and I had to sign it at the house. My press secretary- knowing nothing of a farm could not make out some of my terms. D." Admiral Lewis Strauss had served on the Atomic Energy Commission from 1946-1950. In 1953, President Eisenhower appointed him Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, a post he held until 1958. On November 13, 1958, Strauss was appointed Secretary of Commerce by President Eisenhower. On June 27, 1959, by a vote of 49-46, the U.S. Senate refused to confirm Strauss as Secretary of Commerce, the first Cabinet nominee to be rejected by the Senate since 1925. There was opposition to his appointment because of Strauss' role as Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. Specifically, in June 1954, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the head of the Los Alamos laboratory for atomic research during WWII, was denied security clearance by the Atomic Energy Commission. There were Senators who voted against Strauss' nomination for that reason alone. Staple holes, fold crease and "F" in pencil at upper left blank corner. "Eisenhower" written in another hand, in pencil, (which has been erased) at upper right blank corner, else fine and clean.

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