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PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/30/1965 - HFSID 5304

GERALD R. FORD In 1965, House Minority Leader Ford writes that Republicans "are gravely concerned over the prospects of a protracted conflict in Viet Nam...." Important Typed Letter Signed: "Jerry Ford", 1p, 8x10½.

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GERALD R. FORD
In 1965, House Minority Leader Ford writes that Republicans "are gravely concerned over the prospects of a protracted conflict in Viet Nam...."
Important Typed Letter Signed:
"Jerry Ford", 1p, 8x10½. Congress of the United States, Office of the Minority Leader, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., 1965 August 30. To Steve Moore, Olive Branch, Miss. In full: "Thank you for your recent letter in support of my reply to the President's charges that a Republican violated and distorted his confidence in respect to the Viet Nam situation. As you know, I stated that the President was misinformed and that I violated no confidence. In view of your interest, I am enclosing copies of letters I sent to the President on August 5th [included]. I have not received any reply. Republicans are gravely concerned over the prospects of a protracted conflict in Viet Nam and have endeavored to obtain favorable consideration of their recommendations on U.S. foreign and defense policies. However, the President and his advisers have thus far failed to heed any of these recommendations. Nevertheless, we will continue our efforts along these lines, in the hope that the Johnson Administration can be convinced there is merit in the approach we propose to some of these problems. Your expression of confidence is deeply appreciated. I hope my future actions will continue to merit your support. Kindest personal regards and best wishes." The two letters, actually typescripts, Ford sent Moore are present: (1) From Sam Shaffer, Bristol, N.H., August 3, 1965, to Ford. In part: "I have learned belatedly...of the President's wholly unfair criticism -- presumably of you -- of an alleged violation of confidence concerning the alleged contents and influence of Sen. Mansfield's statement, read at the White House briefing on Vietnam. I was one of your guests at the background luncheon. It was I who asked you about the Mansfield statement. I said I learned that Sen. Mansfield had read a two-page statement critical of Vietnam at the White House meeting and asked you for details. Your only comment, as I recall it, was that the statement seemed to you to be longer than two pages. Beyond this statement and your remark that you noticed Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge sitting silently nearby, you vouchsafed no details of the Mansfield statement. You said nothing -- I repeat nothing -- to the effect that Sen. Mansfield argued against calling up the reserves or that this had any influence on the President's decision. I was struck at the luncheon by your great sense of national responsibility when you told us that though you had been advocating a different course in Vietnam from the President's, you were going to support our Commander-in-Chief in the decisions he had made...." (2) From Gerald R. Ford, M.C., August 5, 1965, to the President. In full: "The enclosed unsolicited letter was received in my office this morning from a mutual friend, Mr. Sam Shaffer. With his approval I am forwarding his letter to you and making it public. In light of the events of the past week, if you were referring to me, I must respectfully request a conference with you to determine on what basis you were erroneously informed as to my views. Warmest personal regards." With the original postmarked envelope, printed free frank, from Ford to Moore, opened at right edge. A month before Ford's letter, on July 26, 1965, President Johnson announced his decision to increase U.S. forces in Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000. Draft quotas doubled from 17,000 to 35,000. Johnson told the nation that the non-Communist countries in Asia were incapable of resisting "the growing ambition of Asian Communism." On August 4, 1965, the President asked Congress for an additional $1.7 billion to support the Vietnam War. Domestically, this was perhaps the most successful period of the Johnson presidency. LBJ signed the Medicare Act on July 30, 1965, and the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965. The typescripts have staple holes and a folding crease at upper left blank corner, else fine. Ford's letter in fine condition. Four items.

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