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THOMAS DIXON JR. - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/03/1937 - HFSID 85475

Thomas Dixon signed this typed letter from New York in 1937 about plans to make a friend resign from office: "our dear old friend can not know whether he is resuming official duties or not as his once brilliant mind is not functioning."

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THOMAS DIXON
Thomas Dixon signed this typed letter from New York in 1937 about plans to make a friend resign from office: "our dear old friend can not know whether he is resuming official duties or not as his once brilliant mind is not functioning."
Typed letter signed "T.D." 1 page, 8½x11. New York, Feb. 3. 1937. "Dear Isaac: your letter of yesterday came this morning. I en-close Governor Hoey's reply [not enclosed] to me and my answer to his letter. I take it from your letter that you would hesitate to ask for the resignation. The trouble,of course,is that our dear old friend can not know whether he is resuming official duties or not as his once brilliant mind is not functioning. He does not know whether he is in the office or at his home,and the only way he could tender his resignation would be for his sister,or some friend,to write it out and get his signature. The whole matter is,of course,in your hands. I had hoped that things might shape up so that could plan to move about March 1st. DON'T you do anything embarrassing,but if this can be brought about,it would make me very happy in regard to the future. I have been disappointed in the developments here.They move slowly. My love to you and all yours. Sincerely". 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. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Signature is lightly smeared but legible. Random ink stains. Pin holes in top left corner. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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