June 20, 1923

President Warren G. Harding: Possibly the Last Letter He Wrote From the White House

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Considering Harding’s past, this letter is appropriately parochial and, considering his future, strangely prophetic: concerning, apparently, a proposed memorial to be erected near the local cemetery.

It is also, in all probability, the last letter Warren Harding wrote from the White House. He would die, on the road, six weeks later, and be buried in Marion, Ohio, at the local cemetery.

Typed Letter Signed, as President, 1 page, quarto, The White House, Washington, June 20, 1923. To George H. Van Fleet in Marion, Ohio. With White House transmittal envelope.

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  • Abraham Lincoln’s First Testimonial for Issachar Zacharie, the President's Mysterious Jewish Foot Doctor - and Personal Spy
    Abraham Lincoln’s First Testimonial for Issachar...
  • Abraham Lincoln Writes to Defeated Rival Cassius Clay as “The Humblest of All Whose Names Were Before the Convention”
    Abraham Lincoln Writes to Defeated Rival Cassius Clay as...
  • Abraham Lincoln in 1860: “Just Now, the Skies Look Bright. What Clouds May Hereafter Rise, We Know Not.”
    Abraham Lincoln in 1860: “Just Now, the Skies Look...
  • A Rare Abraham Lincoln Quote from Shakespeare’s Othello
    A Rare Abraham Lincoln Quote from Shakespeare’s Othello
  • Herman Melville “Disinters” a Rare Copy of “Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land” to Send It to an Admirer
    Herman Melville “Disinters” a Rare Copy of “Clarel: A...
  • Former President Franklin Pierce Defends Himself Against Treason Charges Brought by Seward
    Former President Franklin Pierce Defends Himself Against...
  • Theodore Roosevelt Expresses His Dislike of the Motor Car
    Theodore Roosevelt Expresses His Dislike of the Motor Car
  • Theodore Roosevelt Arranges a Dramatic Presentation About the Rough Riders
    Theodore Roosevelt Arranges a Dramatic Presentation About...
  • Truman Fires MacArthur and Writes of “All My Trials and Tribulations”
    Truman Fires MacArthur and Writes of “All My Trials and...
  • Harry Truman Looks at the Potsdam Conference Twelve Years Later: An Astonishing Appraisal of What Went Wrong
    Harry Truman Looks at the Potsdam Conference Twelve Years...
  • It Was His Boyhood Reading, Harry Truman Recalls, That Prepared Him for When His
    It Was His Boyhood Reading, Harry Truman Recalls, That...
  • An Extraordinary Early, and Rare, Account by Orville Wright of the First Flight at Kitty Hawk
    An Extraordinary Early, and Rare, Account by Orville...
  • George Washington Dreads Assuming the Presidency: He Feels As If He’s Being Led to His Execution.
    George Washington Dreads Assuming the Presidency: He...
  • James A. Garfield’s Appointment of the Anti-Semitic Selah Merrill as Consul at Jerusalem
    James A. Garfield’s Appointment of the Anti-Semitic Selah...
  • Abraham Lincoln Reviews His Won-Lost Record in Electoral Politics Up to 1849
    Abraham Lincoln Reviews His Won-Lost Record in Electoral...
  • Abraham Lincoln Suggests Suffrage – “The Jewel of Liberty” - for Some Louisiana Blacks: The “Very Intelligent” and Union Veterans
    Abraham Lincoln Suggests Suffrage – “The Jewel of...
  • Abraham Lincoln Swears He Shall Not Modify the Emancipation Proclamation, or Return to Slavery Any Person Freed by It
    Abraham Lincoln Swears He Shall Not Modify the...
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Check to His Son, Robert Lincoln, Finally Sending Him Off to Serve at the End of the Civil War with Ulysses S. Grant
    Abraham Lincoln’s Check to His Son, Robert Lincoln,...
  • Edgar Allan Poe Details His Literary Life and Says “The Raven” and “The Valdemar Case” Are His Best Things
    Edgar Allan Poe Details His Literary Life and Says “The...
  • Theodore Roosevelt Declares His Affinity for the West and His Identification with Its Heroes
    Theodore Roosevelt Declares His Affinity for the West and...
  • Theodore Roosevelt Decries the Deprivations Suffered by Rough Riders Just Two and a Half Weeks After San Juan Hill
    Theodore Roosevelt Decries the Deprivations Suffered by...
  • John Quincy Adams Signs a Card Depicting William Henry Harrison’s (Alleged) Log Cabin Birthplace
    John Quincy Adams Signs a Card Depicting William Henry...
  • Contemporary Copy of Chase’s Famous Letter to Abraham Lincoln in Support of General Hunter’s Emancipation Order
    Contemporary Copy of Chase’s Famous Letter to Abraham...
  • Ronald Reagan Offers Ethel Kennedy His Help as Robert F. Kennedy, Shot in Los Angeles, Lay Dying
    Ronald Reagan Offers Ethel Kennedy His Help as Robert F....
  • A Calling Card Signed as Samuel L. Clemens and Mark Twain
    A Calling Card Signed as Samuel L. Clemens and Mark Twain
  • Emile Zola Writes to Alfred Dreyfus at the Height of the Dreyfus Affair
    Emile Zola Writes to Alfred Dreyfus at the Height of the...
  • Alfred Dreyfus Writes to Emile Zola’s Widow to Commemorate the Anniversary of the Publication of “J’Accuse!”
    Alfred Dreyfus Writes to Emile Zola’s Widow to...
  • Alfred Dreyfus Thanks a Witness for His Sympathetic Testimony
    Alfred Dreyfus Thanks a Witness for His Sympathetic...
  • An Autograph Innovation: Rutherford B. Hayes Signs an Executive Mansion Card
    An Autograph Innovation: Rutherford B. Hayes Signs an...
  • Theodor Herzl, Hustling and Bustling, Sends Thanks for a Joke
    Theodor Herzl, Hustling and Bustling, Sends Thanks for a...
  • Theodor Herzl Asks Jewish Sculptor Samuel Friedrich Beer to Show
    Theodor Herzl Asks Jewish Sculptor Samuel Friedrich Beer...
  • Andrew Johnson Writes His “Humble History” in Two Pages
    Andrew Johnson Writes His “Humble History” in Two Pages
  • Thomas Jefferson’s Visiting Card, Bearing His Signature in an Ornate Printed  Border – A Rarity
    Thomas Jefferson’s Visiting Card, Bearing His Signature...
  • Andrew Johnson Calling Card Signed Four Times
    Andrew Johnson Calling Card Signed Four Times
  • Life's Lessons: John F. Kennedy Advises a College Student What Classes to Take
For a Life in Politics
    Life's Lessons: John F. Kennedy Advises a College Student...
  • Having Just Lost to Douglas, in the 1858 Senate Contest, Abraham Lincoln Writes,
    Having Just Lost to Douglas, in the 1858 Senate Contest,...
  • Abraham Lincoln, a Henry Clay Man, Explains Why He Supports Zachary Taylor for President in 1848: Political Pragmatism
    Abraham Lincoln, a Henry Clay Man, Explains Why He...
  • Abraham Lincoln, Noting “We Have Not Yet Appointed a Hebrew,” Names C.M. Levy an Assistant Quarter Master with the Rank of Captain
    Abraham Lincoln, Noting “We Have Not Yet Appointed a...
  • President William McKinley Signs Executive Mansion Card on His 55th Birthday
    President William McKinley Signs Executive Mansion Card...
  • Golda Meir:  Her “Golda Myerson” Calling Card Signed in Hebrew
    Golda Meir: Her “Golda Myerson” Calling Card Signed in...
  • Franklin Pierce Scrawls an Urgent Message on His Calling Card
    Franklin Pierce Scrawls an Urgent Message on His Calling...
  • Edward Robinson Writes to His Publisher to Inquire About his Epoch-Making Work,
    Edward Robinson Writes to His Publisher to Inquire About...
  • Theodore Roosevelt Writes,
    Theodore Roosevelt Writes, "Bully for You"
  • Theodore Roosevelt on Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: “One of the Great Classics of Human Eloquence”
    Theodore Roosevelt on Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg...
  • Extraordinary James Garfield Letter on Assassination: It Can No More Be Guarded Against Than Death By Lightening
    Extraordinary James Garfield Letter on Assassination: It...
  • A Fateful Appointment: Abraham Lincoln Makes William T. Sherman a General
    A Fateful Appointment: Abraham Lincoln Makes William T....
  • Lincoln Would Be Glad to See General Milroy - “Were It Not I Know He Wishes to Ask for What I Have Not to Give”
    Lincoln Would Be Glad to See General Milroy - “Were It...
  • Former President Franklin Pierce Describes His Discovery of Lifelong Friend, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Dead in the Middle of the Night
    Former President Franklin Pierce Describes His Discovery...
  • Theodore Roosevelt, Readying for His Inauguration, Complains of Bad Tailoring: His Coat and Trousers, He Fumes, are
    Theodore Roosevelt, Readying for His Inauguration,...
  • Same-Day Harry Truman Letter Written as Vice-President  - But Signed as President With
    Same-Day Harry Truman Letter Written as Vice-President -...
  •  “So All is Over and Lincoln Elected”, John Tyler Writes, as “Confidence Between Man and Man is Giving Way”
    “So All is Over and Lincoln Elected”, John Tyler Writes,...
  • Harry Truman,
    Harry Truman, "Blue as Indigo", Declares "Immature" John...
  •  Former President Tyler Tells His Son He is Hard Pressed to Support His Family
    Former President Tyler Tells His Son He is Hard Pressed...
  • Lew Wallace’s Signed
    Lew Wallace’s Signed "Minister Resident of the United...
  • Josephine Earp, Wyatt Earp’s Jewish Widow, Admits Her Destitution to Earp’s Biographer
    Josephine Earp, Wyatt Earp’s Jewish Widow, Admits Her...
  • David Roberts Sends His Sketches of the Holy Land to Archaeologist J.J. Scoles  to Refute a Famous Argument About the Temple Mount
    David Roberts Sends His Sketches of the Holy Land to...
  • Chaim Weizmann Thanks Clark Clifford for His “Magnificent” Help in Getting President Harry S. Truman to Recognize Israel
    Chaim Weizmann Thanks Clark Clifford for His...
  • Signature of Young Officer, J.J. Crittenden, Killed with Custer at the Little Bighorn
    Signature of Young Officer, J.J. Crittenden, Killed with...
  • Signature of 2nd Lieutenant Henry Moore Harrington Killed with General Custer at Little Bighorn
    Signature of 2nd Lieutenant Henry Moore Harrington Killed...
  • Harry Truman Presents Supreme Court Chief Justice Vinson With a Gavel Having “Historical Connections”
    Harry Truman Presents Supreme Court Chief Justice Vinson...
  • Harry Truman Tells How He Learned He Became the President: FDR’s Death, He Says, Was a Complete Surprise
    Harry Truman Tells How He Learned He Became the...
  • A Historic Memo: Harry Truman Salutes Dean Acheson’s Crucial Role in Going to War With Korea
    A Historic Memo: Harry Truman Salutes Dean Acheson’s...
  • President Harry Truman Refers to Life in the White House as “Jail”
    President Harry Truman Refers to Life in the White House...
  • President Harry Truman Writes about the Assassination Attempt on His Life Just the Day Before
    President Harry Truman Writes about the Assassination...
  • Harry Truman Writes General Hap Arnold About Death of FDR - “The Greatest Blow” - Just Two and Half Weeks Before
    Harry Truman Writes General Hap Arnold About Death of FDR...
  • President Harry Truman, Two Days After Unleashing a Tempest By Firing MacArthur, Cryptically Writes Newsman, Seemingly About the Response
    President Harry Truman, Two Days After Unleashing a...
  • President-Elect Eisenhower Thanks Mary Lincoln’s Niece for the Gift of a “Truly Historic Memento”
    President-Elect Eisenhower Thanks Mary Lincoln’s Niece...
  • A Homesick General Eisenhower Tells of a Two Hour Wartime Visit to Jerusalem
    A Homesick General Eisenhower Tells of a Two Hour Wartime...
  • Rare Ticket to
    Rare Ticket to "Texas Welcome Dinner" for President...
  • Notes written by JFK as president Aboard Air Force One
    Notes written by JFK as president Aboard Air Force One
  • John F. Kennedy’s First Draft, Partially Handwritten, Letter of Condolence to Medgar Evers’ Widow
    John F. Kennedy’s First Draft, Partially Handwritten,...
  • Fresh From Berlin and His Electrifying “Ich bin ein Berliner” Speech, JFK Thanks the Overseas Military for Making His Visit a Success
    Fresh From Berlin and His Electrifying “Ich bin ein...
  • Jack London on “Call of the Wild” - and an Alleged Jewish Ancestry
    Jack London on “Call of the Wild” - and an Alleged Jewish...
  • Frank Lloyd Wright On
    Frank Lloyd Wright On "Rampant" Hitlerism and Stalinism
  • Frank Lloyd Wright, Infuriated by “His Obituaries”, Declares His Comeback
    Frank Lloyd Wright, Infuriated by “His Obituaries”,...
  • Theodor Herzl Writes a Condolence Letter, Seemingly in Connection with an Outbreak of Austrian Anti-Semitic Attacks
    Theodor Herzl Writes a Condolence Letter, Seemingly in...
  • Theodor Herzl Admits to Exhaustion But Swears to Continue “The Great Campaign… As Long as I Am Able”
    Theodor Herzl Admits to Exhaustion But Swears to Continue...
  • During the Dreyfus Affair, Theodor Herzl Writes Excitedly of a Matter Unknown, He Says, Even to His Editor
    During the Dreyfus Affair, Theodor Herzl Writes Excitedly...
  • Theodor Herzl Considers an American Lecture Tour
    Theodor Herzl Considers an American Lecture Tour
  • Max Nordau’s Calling Card Bearing An Autograph Note
    Max Nordau’s Calling Card Bearing An Autograph Note
  • Max Nordau Sends New Years Greetings to Viennese Writer and Translator Paul Tausig
    Max Nordau Sends New Years Greetings to Viennese Writer...
  • Signed Etching of Max Nordau
    Signed Etching of Max Nordau
  • Max Nordau Accepts Invitation to Contribute His “Literary Mite” to Book
    Max Nordau Accepts Invitation to Contribute His “Literary...
  • Max Nordau Praises the Juvenile Poetry of “E. Babette Deutsch” and Predicts an Exceptional Future
    Max Nordau Praises the Juvenile Poetry of “E. Babette...
  • Max Nordau Exchanges Photos, in English, With an Admirer
    Max Nordau Exchanges Photos, in English, With an Admirer
  • Had Even a Tiny Jewish State Been Established in 1937, Ben-Gurion Laments, Millions of Jews Would Not Have Died in the Holocaust
    Had Even a Tiny Jewish State Been Established in 1937,...
  • At a Critical Moment Ben-Gurion Compares, Favorably, the Fledging IDF to George Washington’s Revolutionary Army
    At a Critical Moment Ben-Gurion Compares, Favorably, the...
  • Ben Gurion on the Pioneer Generations and the Need for U.S. Immigration
    Ben Gurion on the Pioneer Generations and the Need for...
  • Age No Impediment to Visiting Israel, David Ben-Gurion Argues – And Cites the Biblical Sarah, and Moses Montefiore, as Examples
    Age No Impediment to Visiting Israel, David Ben-Gurion...
  • Fifteen Years as Prime Minister is Enough, David Ben-Gurion Says: Now He is Writing the History of Israel, to Inspire Future Generations
    Fifteen Years as Prime Minister is Enough, David...
  • Ben-Gurion Asks Manuscript Collector Justin Turner about a 1945 Photograph – At Start of Six Day War
    Ben-Gurion Asks Manuscript Collector Justin Turner about...
  • Haim Bialik On the Persecutions of the Diaspora and the Determination to Make a Home in Zion
    Haim Bialik On the Persecutions of the Diaspora and the...
  • A Scarce Signed Photo of Alfred Dreyfus
    A Scarce Signed Photo of Alfred Dreyfus
  • Einstein: An Untitled Poem Beginning “It is the Art of Life…”
    Einstein: An Untitled Poem Beginning “It is the Art of...
  • Einstein on the Proposal to Create a Jewish Homeland in Peru
    Einstein on the Proposal to Create a Jewish Homeland in...
  • Einstein Advises a Refugee from “the Hitler Gang” About Re-Settling in California
    Einstein Advises a Refugee from “the Hitler Gang” About...
  • Einstein: “Jewish Smarts Serve One Well”
    Einstein: “Jewish Smarts Serve One Well”
  • Einstein on
    Einstein on "Jewish Future" in Palestine: Against...
  • Einstein Discusses an Understanding with the Arabs and Zionist Politics in ‘42
    Einstein Discusses an Understanding with the Arabs and...
  • Einstein, in ’43, on His Anti-Nazi Work in ’33: Had “Those Fellows” Listened, “These Horrors Would Not Have Existed”
    Einstein, in ’43, on His Anti-Nazi Work in ’33: Had...
  • Einstein’s “Atheism”: Awe for the “Beautiful Harmony of the Structure of this World – So Far as We Can Grasp It”
    Einstein’s “Atheism”: Awe for the “Beautiful Harmony of...
  • Chaim Weizmann Thanks British Zionist Leader for His Book,
    Chaim Weizmann Thanks British Zionist Leader for His...
  • A “Song of Praise” Celebrating the Yishuv’s Welcome of Lew Wallace to Jerusalem
    A “Song of Praise” Celebrating the Yishuv’s Welcome of...
  • Campaigning for General Land Office Commissioner, Lincoln Asks a Congressman to Write to “Old Zach” About Him
    Campaigning for General Land Office Commissioner, Lincoln...
  • 1898 French Railway Travel Poster Advertising
    1898 French Railway Travel Poster Advertising "Palestine"
  • Rare Travel Poster: Cook's Nile & Palestine Tours
    Rare Travel Poster: Cook's Nile & Palestine Tours
  • Excessively Rare
    Excessively Rare "Rice and Byers" One Dollar Sutler Token...
  • Rare Gerald Ford Presidential Letter Written Just After His “Tough and Traumatic” Defeat  by Jimmy Carter
    Rare Gerald Ford Presidential Letter Written Just After...
  • On the Last Full Day of His Life, Abraham Lincoln Makes an Important Appointment
    On the Last Full Day of His Life, Abraham Lincoln Makes...
  • Grover Cleveland Celebrates a Great Deception: The One Year Anniversary of His Secret Cancer Surgery
    Grover Cleveland Celebrates a Great Deception: The One...
  • President John F. Kennedy, “On the Edge of the New Frontier”, Wonders What the Next Four Years Will Bring
    President John F. Kennedy, “On the Edge of the New...
  • McKinley Writes to the Widow of His Vice President and Dear Friend, Mrs. Hobart
    McKinley Writes to the Widow of His Vice President and...
  • McKinley is Greatly Comforted to Learn That His Gravely-Ill Vice President is Improving -  Five Days Before Hobart Dies
    McKinley is Greatly Comforted to Learn That His...
  • President William McKinley Wires Ailing Vice President Garret Hobart
    President William McKinley Wires Ailing Vice President...
  • Theodore Roosevelt Jr. Looks Forward to Receiving Books on Judaism
    Theodore Roosevelt Jr. Looks Forward to Receiving Books...
  • Theodore Roosevelt Jr. Has Received Jewish Books and is Reading Them With “the Greatest of Interest.”
    Theodore Roosevelt Jr. Has Received Jewish Books and is...
  • Theodore Roosevelt Jr. Lists Favorite Parts of “A Book of Jewish Thoughts”
    Theodore Roosevelt Jr. Lists Favorite Parts of “A Book of...
  • Theodore Roosevelt Jr. Tells Emanuel Hertz He Will Always Try to Justify His Good Opinion
    Theodore Roosevelt Jr. Tells Emanuel Hertz He Will Always...
  • President James Madison Tracks Down His Shipment, Seized in the Embargo, of 114 Gallons of Brandy
    President James Madison Tracks Down His Shipment, Seized...
  • President James Monroe Writes Concerning the Purchase of Florida and John Adams’ Recommendation of Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse
    President James Monroe Writes Concerning the Purchase of...
  • John Quincy Adams Writes About John Adams
    John Quincy Adams Writes About John Adams
  • Andrew Jackson Predicts Van Buren Will Win With a Greater Majority than Any Since Washington
    Andrew Jackson Predicts Van Buren Will Win With a Greater...
  • Martin Van Buren, Just Two Days into James K. Polk’s Term, Prepares to Write His Political Antagonist
    Martin Van Buren, Just Two Days into James K. Polk’s...
  • Rare Letter of John Tyler as Vice-President - Recommending a Consul to Galveston
    Rare Letter of John Tyler as Vice-President -...
  • President John Tyler Says the Presidency is a Prison
    President John Tyler Says the Presidency is a Prison
  • “His Accidency”, President John Tyler, Says He is a Creature of Accidents, “Being an Accident Himself.”
    “His Accidency”, President John Tyler, Says He is a...
  • Franklin Pierce on His Favorite Portrait of Himself, That of His Dead Son, and Those of the First Five Presidents
    Franklin Pierce on His Favorite Portrait of Himself, That...
  • Pierce Invites a Famous Presbyterian Divine to Visit the White House
    Pierce Invites a Famous Presbyterian Divine to Visit the...
  • President Franklin Pierce Warmly Endorses the Kansas-Nebraska Act as “Demonstrably Right and Patriotic”
    President Franklin Pierce Warmly Endorses the...
  • Candidate Franklin Pierce Writes about Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Campaign Biography of Him
    Candidate Franklin Pierce Writes about Nathaniel...
  • An Anti-Copperhead Broadside Denouncing Former President Franklin Pierce as a Traitor
    An Anti-Copperhead Broadside Denouncing Former President...
  • Jane Pierce, Recalling Her Deceased Child, is Haunted by Happier Times
    Jane Pierce, Recalling Her Deceased Child, is Haunted by...
  • Buchanan Approves Abraham Lincoln’s Ordering Fremont to Rescind his Emancipation Proclamation
    Buchanan Approves Abraham Lincoln’s Ordering Fremont to...
  • Joshua Chamberlain and William Seward Assist the Jaffa -Adams- Colonists in 1867
    Joshua Chamberlain and William Seward Assist the Jaffa...
  • President James Buchanan Trusts Providence to Help Him Choose a Cabinet
    President James Buchanan Trusts Providence to Help Him...
  • James Buchanan, Ill with Dysentery Before His Inauguration, Declines Jefferson Davis’ Invitation to Dine
    James Buchanan, Ill with Dysentery Before His...
  • President James Buchanan, Care-Fraught in the Summer of 1860, Writes He Hasn’t Time for His Friends
    President James Buchanan, Care-Fraught in the Summer of...
  • Napoleon, at the Siege of Acre, Orders His Generals and Troops to be Paid
    Napoleon, at the Siege of Acre, Orders His Generals and...
  • First Responder Leale: The Eyewitness Account of Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination By The Doctor Who Treated Him at the Scene
    First Responder Leale: The Eyewitness Account of Abraham...
  • President William Howard Taft: “The Fame of Lincoln Has Spread to Every Land”
    President William Howard Taft: “The Fame of Lincoln Has...
  • Chief Justice William Howard Taft Comments on an Abraham Lincoln Address by Hertz
    Chief Justice William Howard Taft Comments on an Abraham...
  • Lincoln, Four Days After Son Willie’s Death, Tells Sumner Mary Lincoln Needs His Help – “Can You Come?”
    Lincoln, Four Days After Son Willie’s Death, Tells Sumner...
  • Napoleon Bonaparte Authorizes a Soldier to Join the Egyptian Campaign in Syria
    Napoleon Bonaparte Authorizes a Soldier to Join the...
  • Thomas Jefferson Doesn’t Want it Known He’s Buying British-Made Blankets for “Those Poor Creatures”, His Slaves
    Thomas Jefferson Doesn’t Want it Known He’s Buying...
  • John Tyler, as President of the 1861 Washington Peace Convention, Certifies Vermont’s Lucius Eugene Chittenden a Delegate
    John Tyler, as President of the 1861 Washington Peace...
  • John Tyler: His Cabinet Problems, James Pierce’s Election, and Presidential Etiquette
    John Tyler: His Cabinet Problems, James Pierce’s...
  • John Tyler, as President of the 1861 Washington Peace Convention, Certifies a Delegate From Massachusetts
    John Tyler, as President of the 1861 Washington Peace...
  • American President James K. Polk Gives Orders for a Fire-Proof Victory Celebration for the Battle of Cerro Gordo in Washington
    American President James K. Polk Gives Orders for a...
  • Confined For Two Years to the White House, President James K. Polk Tries to Plan an Out-of-Town Visit
    Confined For Two Years to the White House, President...
  • Dark-Horse Polk Expresses Surprise at His “Wholly Unexpected” Nomination
    Dark-Horse Polk Expresses Surprise at His “Wholly...
  • Polk, Surprised at his Compromise Candidacy, Declares the Presidency too Important an Office to be Sought or Declined
    Polk, Surprised at his Compromise Candidacy, Declares the...
  • President-Elect James K. Polk Anxiously Queries His Tailor About New Clothes for Washington
    President-Elect James K. Polk Anxiously Queries His...
  • A Millard Fillmore Letter Written on the Day of President Lincoln’s Assassination
    A Millard Fillmore Letter Written on the Day of President...
  • Former President Millard Fillmore: Abraham Lincoln’s Election Caused the War
    Former President Millard Fillmore: Abraham Lincoln’s...
  • President Millard Fillmore Arranges to Attend Gala Opening of the Railroad Line from the Atlantic to the Great Lakes
    President Millard Fillmore Arranges to Attend Gala...
  • President Fillmore Makes an Appointment to See Governor Gibbs
    President Fillmore Makes an Appointment to See Governor...
  • Millard Fillmore Writes Abraham Lincoln Asking For a Favor; On the Back of the Letter, Lincoln Takes Steps to Oblige Him
    Millard Fillmore Writes Abraham Lincoln Asking For a...
  • On His Last Day in Office, the Bibliophilic Millard Fillmore Sends Thanks for a Book
    On His Last Day in Office, the Bibliophilic Millard...
  • Early Variant of Executive Mansion Card Signed by American President Millard Fillmore
    Early Variant of Executive Mansion Card Signed by...
  • A Handsome Autograph Sentiment from Millard Fillmore as President
    A Handsome Autograph Sentiment from Millard Fillmore as...
  • Millard Fillmore, All But Admitting Defeat Five Days Before the 1856 Election, Looks Forward With Relief to the End
    Millard Fillmore, All But Admitting Defeat Five Days...
  • Ascended to the Presidency Just a Week Before, Millard Fillmore Orders a New Black Hat
    Ascended to the Presidency Just a Week Before, Millard...
  • Millard Fillmore, Perusing “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in 1852, Reflects on Slavery, Civil War, and the Recolonization of Slaves to Africa
    Millard Fillmore, Perusing “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in 1852,...
  • Very Rare Printed Presidential Check Signed by Franklin Pierce: He Purchases Coal for White House
    Very Rare Printed Presidential Check Signed by Franklin...
  • James Buchanan Defends His “Public Conduct” Prior to the Outbreak of the Civil War
    James Buchanan Defends His “Public Conduct” Prior to the...
  • President James Buchanan, on His Next to Last Day in Office, Pardons a Judge
    President James Buchanan, on His Next to Last Day in...
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Appointment of Benjamin F. Isherwood - the Creator of the Steam Navy
    Abraham Lincoln’s Appointment of Benjamin F. Isherwood -...
  • Abraham Lincoln Appoints a Supreme Court Justice, Samuel F. Miller
    Abraham Lincoln Appoints a Supreme Court Justice, Samuel...
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Order That Sparked the New York City Draft Riots of 1863
    Abraham Lincoln’s Order That Sparked the New York City...
  • Abraham Lincoln Recommends a Franklin Pierce White House Appointee, the Mysterious Thomas Stackpole, to General Butler
    Abraham Lincoln Recommends a Franklin Pierce White House...
  • Lawyer Abraham Lincoln Defends Farmer in Dispute Over Price of Hogs
    Lawyer Abraham Lincoln Defends Farmer in Dispute Over...
  • After Attempted Prison Break at Johnson’s Island, Abraham Lincoln Directs Gideon Welles to Hear Firsthand Report
    After Attempted Prison Break at Johnson’s Island, Abraham...
  • Hannibal Hamlin Calls for Making Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday a National Day of Observance
    Hannibal Hamlin Calls for Making Abraham Lincoln’s...
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Recalls the Incident at Fort Stevens When Abraham Lincoln Was Forced to Duck from Enemy Fire
    Oliver Wendell Holmes Recalls the Incident at Fort...
  • Robert Lincoln is Gratified his Father’s Name is Still Current and His Memory Respected
    Robert Lincoln is Gratified his Father’s Name is Still...
  • Robert Todd Lincoln on Presidential Assassinations
    Robert Todd Lincoln on Presidential Assassinations
  • Sandburg Says That Walt Whitman “Strolls in and Out of the Pages Regularly” of His Monumental Lincoln Biography
    Sandburg Says That Walt Whitman “Strolls in and Out of...
  • Manuscript of Vachel Lindsay’s “Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight
    Manuscript of Vachel Lindsay’s “Abraham Lincoln Walks at...
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Family Physician, Robert K. Stone, Signed 1842 Book about a Miraculous Cure
    Abraham Lincoln’s Family Physician, Robert K. Stone,...
  • Pass to President Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral in the East Room of the Executive Mansion
    Pass to President Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral in the East...
  • Statesman, Political Exile, Attorney and Queen's Counsel Judah Benjamin, Arranges a Meeting
    Statesman, Political Exile, Attorney and Queen's Counsel...
  • Robert E. Lee, the South’s Second George Washington, Salutes the First
    Robert E. Lee, the South’s Second George Washington,...
  • Robert E. Lee Charmingly, and Piously, Responds to a Young Girl's Gift of Socks in 1865
    Robert E. Lee Charmingly, and Piously, Responds to a...
  • American Civil War Union General George B. McClellan: An Anti-Semitic Letter
    American Civil War Union General George B. McClellan: An...
  • A Union Officer In the Field Describes the Reaction to News of Lincoln’s Assassination
    A Union Officer In the Field Describes the Reaction to...
  • Dr. Jacob de Silva Solis Cohen Certifies the 1864 Death of a “Contraband” in Philadelphia
    Dr. Jacob de Silva Solis Cohen Certifies the 1864 Death...
  • On His Second to Last Day in Office, Ulysses S. Grant Announces His Intention to Travel the Globe
    On His Second to Last Day in Office, Ulysses S. Grant...
  • Rutherford B. Hayes Announces He Will Attend Ulysses S. Grant's Funeral
    Rutherford B. Hayes Announces He Will Attend Ulysses S....
  • American President Chester A. Arthur Laments the “Never Ending and Still Beginning Pressure” of the Presidency
    American President Chester A. Arthur Laments the “Never...
  • Chester A. Arthur Accepts Congratulations, as Vice-President Elect, on Winning His First and Last Election
    Chester A. Arthur Accepts Congratulations, as...
  • Signature of Lieutenant James Calhoun, General Custer’s Brother-in-Law, Killed with Him at Little Bighorn
    Signature of Lieutenant James Calhoun, General Custer’s...
  • About to Marry, President Grover Cleveland Longs To Live Away From the White House “Like Other People.”
    About to Marry, President Grover Cleveland Longs To Live...
  • Grover Cleveland, the Only President to be Married in the White House, Writes His Bride Detailed Plans for the Wedding
    Grover Cleveland, the Only President to be Married in the...
  • Grover Cleveland's Handwritten Announcement of, and Invitation to, His White House Marriage
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The White House
Washington

June 20, 1923.

My dear Van Fleet:

Replying to your note of June 19th, I hasten to say that there is nothing to release concerning the memorial proposed to be erected South of Marion Cemetery.  Very little information has come to me on this subject, and it is all very much of a mystery.  I have never ventured to give any sort of sanction or approval.  I have no occasion to oppose it; I do not see my way clear to approve it.  I have feared there is a possible commercial enterprise inspiring it.  All this is very confidential to you.

Very truly yours,

WARREN G HARDING

Mr. George H. Van Fleet,
c/o The Star,
Marion, Ohio.