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THOMAS DIXON JR. - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/11/1932 - HFSID 31848

THOMAS DIXON Author Thomas Dixon signed this typed letter from New York in 1932. It was sent to gossip columnist Louis Sobol to ask him how he received checks signed by Washington Post publisher Ned McLean. Accompanied by Sobol's typed response, dated one day later.

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THOMAS DIXON
Author Thomas Dixon signed this typed letter from New York in 1932. It was sent to gossip columnist Louis Sobol to ask him how he received checks signed by Washington Post publisher Ned McLean. Accompanied by Sobol's typed response, dated one day later. These letters are probably in reference to Dixon's book The Inside Story of the Harding Tragedy, published in 1932.
Typed letter signed "Thomas Dixon." 1 page, 8½x11. New York, Jan. 11, 1932. In full: "Dear Mr. Sobol: Yours of the9th [sic]received this morning. I am at a loss to see how a cancelled check of Mr Ned McLean could have fallen into your hands and would like to know just how it happened? I also would like to know what connection this payment of a bill by a rounder of McLean's character has with H.M.Daughterty Attorney General ? The statements you make are a serious accusation under the circumstances.My understanding is that the trip to Panama was taken before Harding was President.However I still fail to see any disreputable connection between such a trip and the Little Green House in K Street .I, am also at a loss to understand why Wheeler's Committee ,who ransacked heaven and earth for evidence to prove thatAtty [sic] General Daugherty ever visited the house in K st,should have overlooked the or-chestra that played for the party . I should regret very much to cause the leadrer of good orchestras any trouble,but I will have to ask him to make good his assertion. Would like to meet you and talk the thing over with your if agreeable. With best wishes, Sincerely, Thomas Dixon". Lightly toned and creased. Paper clip impression in top left corner. Light tear and nick in right edge. Light dent in top edge. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Unsiged typed letter from Louis Sobol. 1 page, 8¼x11. Jan. 12, 1932. Addressed to Mr. Thomas Dixon, New York City. In full: "My dear Mr. Dixon: As I explained in my last letter what I should stated was a photostatic copy of a check signed by Mr. McLean. Nor did I state in my paragraph that I personally had them. Nor did I state that the payment of this bill my Mr. McLean had anything to do with Mr. Daugherty. Nor did I state that Mr. Harding's trip to Panama had any disreputable connection with the 'little green house in K Street'. Why the wheeler Committee overlooked the orchestra in its investigation isn't for me to say. I'm not interested one way or the other. So much for that. I've telephone to the leader of the orchestra and have asked him if he would be kind enough to meet you and tell you some-thing about those parties. His answer to me was that his or-ganization was simply paid to entertain and that he sees no reason why he should be drawn into any controversy - particu-larly at this late stage of the game. He rather resented the fact that I employed my personal friendship with him to reveal what I did - and I imagine he is somewhat justified. However I've tried to convince him that he would in no way be jeopardized. He has promised to let me know one way or the other within the next few days. Very truly yours, Louis Sobol". Lightly toned and creased. Paper clip impression in top left corner. Ragged right and bottom edges. Tear in left edge. Small piece missing from top left corner. Random ink stains. Otherwise in fine condition. This letter is probably in reference to Dixon's The Inside Story of the Harding Tragedy. The book was written with Harry M. Daugherty, one-time U. S. Attorney General and Harding's campaign manager, and published in 1932, the year this letter was dated. It concerned Daugherty's experiences in the Harding administration. This letter also makes numerous references to another letter, written by Dixon on Jan. 8, asking Sobol about checks and an orchestra mentioned by him in one of his columns. Tycoon NED McLEAN (1889-1941) was publisher and owner of the Washington Post (1916-1933), which supported many of Harding's policies, and head of Harding's inaugural committee. New York journalist LOUIS SOBOL (1896-1986) wrote a gossip-oriented entertainment column for 40 years, initially focused on the Broadway stage but also covering film and TV personalities for the New York Journal American. THOMAS DIXON (1864-1946), born Thomas F. Dixon, Jr., was a lecturer and Baptist preacher, but is probably best known for his novel The Clansman (1905), which is infamous for its sympathetic treatment of the Ku Klux Klan and which was the basis of D. W. Griffith's landmark silent film Birth of a Nation (1915). The Clansman was part of a trilogy, including The Leopard's Spots (1902) and The Traitor (1907), on Reconstruction, which Dixon witnessed firsthand. His father had been a North Carolinian slave owner, and his experiences with the chaos and corruption of Reconstruction, including the mistreatment of Southern citizens by occupying Northern troops, turned him into a white supremacist. A Democrat who made numerous speeches on the plight of the working man, he nevertheless held many right-wing views and was a staunch opponent of the New Deal.

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