PRESIDENT WARREN G. HARDING - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/23/1921 - HFSID 16487
WARREN G. HARDING Optimistic letter about the Washington Conference on the Limitation of Armaments. Important Typed Letter Signed: "Warren G. Harding" as 29th U.S. President, 1p, 7x9. The White House, Washington, 1921 December 23. To Mrs. Charles Sumner Bird, Washington, D.C.
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WARREN G. HARDING
Optimistic letter about the Washington Conference on the Limitation of Armaments.
Important Typed Letter Signed: "Warren G. Harding" as 29th U.S. President, 1p, 7x9. The White House, Washington, 1921 December 23. To Mrs. Charles Sumner Bird, Washington, D.C. In full: "I want to tell you how greatly I was pleased when Senator Lodge brought me the other day the remarkable volume of endorsements from the Massachusetts Republicans, of the effort which is represented in the Convention for the Limitation of Armament. You may be sure that I greatly appreciate not only the spirit which inspired, but the energy and enthusiasm which made possible the accomplishment of so impressive a task. Such a wonderful testimonial, from the entire Republican organization of the great State of Massachusetts, always a pioneer in every good and human cause, is greatly calculated to encourage and enhearten those who are endeavoring to accomplish this work for the advance of all mankind. I do not need to tell you that we now feel a firm confidence that the Conference is destined to an eminent success. In an impressive measure, that success will be due to the splendid support of the people of the United States, attested in just such testimonials as you have sent to me. Be assured that I shall always preserve this testimonial volume as a particularly prized memento of a notable historic event." The United States had invited the major naval powers to the Washington Conference for Limitation of Armaments that opened in Washington, D.C. on November 12, 1921. The United States proposed scrapping warships already built and limiting future construction. The Limitation on Naval Armaments Treaty was signed by the United States, France, Great Britain, Italy and Japan on March 29, 1922. The work of this conference did slow down the international arms race for a while, but its accomplishments were undone by World War II. Republican HENRY CABOT LODGE of Massachusetts represented the United States at the Conference. A former U.S. Representative (1887-1893), Lodge then served in the U.S. Senate (1893-1924) and was Senate Majority Leader at the time this letter was written. Both Lodge and ANNA CHILD (MRS. CHARLES SUMNER BIRD) were delegates to the 1924 Republican National Convention. Mrs. Bird also served on the Republican National Committee in 1924, the year that Lodge died on November 4. An important Harding presidential letter. Toned in most areas. Folds, 1 vertical through the "n" of Warren. Overall, fine condition.
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