PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/03/1910 CO-SIGNED BY: EDWIN P. PARKER - HFSID 15437
WILLIAM H. TAFT William H. Taft sends a typed letter sending his regrets that he will not be able to attend an anniversary for a close friend. Typed Letter Signed: "Wm H Taft" as President, 2p, 7x8¾. The White House, Washington, 1910 January 3. To Rev. Dr. Edwin P.
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WILLIAM H. TAFT
William H. Taft sends a typed letter sending his regrets that he will not be able to attend an anniversary for a close friend.
Typed Letter Signed: "Wm H Taft" as President, 2p, 7x8¾. The White House, Washington, 1910 January 3. To Rev. Dr. Edwin P. Parker, Hartford, Connecticut. In full: "I have your very kind invitation of January 1st to attend the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of your settlement as the pastor of the Second Church of Christ in Hartford. Nothing would give me more pleasure than to attend this interesting meeting, and by presence and word to testify to the profound respect I have for you as a Minister of the Gospel and as a public-spirited citizen of your city and State There is nothing that can compare to the satisfaction which you must fell in looking back over your fifty years of usefulness in connection with your church, and the good that you have done in elevating the moral tone of the community in which you have lived. I cherish our association on the Board of Incorporation at Yale, and I can not but think that the people of the city of Hartford, among the many reasons they have to be thankful, should hold highest the fact that they have had, to sustain the cause of righteousness and uphold the standard of right living, two such ministers of the church as Dr. Parker and Dr. Twitchell, both trustees of Yale University. The friendship and confidence of yourself and Dr. Twitchell I value most highly, and now it is with a sense of real regret that I have to say repeat say that I can not be present to do you the honor that fifty years of the most useful and elevated life entitles you to from everyone who knows you or has come under your beneficent influence. Very sincerely yours," Two corrections in Taft's hand. At the conclusion, Parker handwrites: "I give this letter to my son Lewis D. Parker. Edwin P. Parker". EDWIN POND PARKER (1836-1925) became Pastor of the Second Church of Christ, Hartford, Connecticut in January 1860. He was Chief Editor of the Book of Praise (Congregational, 1874) and wrote hymns including "Lord, as We Thy Name Profess and Master, No Offering Costly and Sweet". TAFT had attended Yale College from 1874-1878, graduating second in his class before returning home to Ohio to study at the Cincinnati Law School. After leaving the Presidency in 1913, he returned to Yale, teaching constitutional law until he became Chief Justice in 1921. Lightly creased. Light pencil erasures at upper left blank corner of first page. Fine condition.
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