William Howard Taft Confesses He's "Struggling to Get into a New Trade… Fading Away into Obscurity"

April 6, 1913

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William Howard Taft Confesses He's "Struggling to Get into a New Trade… Fading Away into Obscurity"
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1 page | SMC 1291

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      A mere month out of office, the new Yale University Kent professor of law – yearly salary $5,000 – confesses his struggle to “get into a new trade.”

      “I find myself embarrassed in the absence of my tools, my books, correspondence,” he writes, as he tries to “get down to the hard work of preparation as a teacher.” That is why he must turn down attending “Brother Washburn”’s Millbury Centennial and the Economic Club meeting in Worcester, as well as invitations to “make addresses on a great many interesting occasions.” Such invitations, he notes modestly - as befits a man who, as a sitting President standing for re-election, came in third - “will doubtless grow less as I fade away into obscurity”.


      Typed Letter Signed, 1 page, quarto, on his personal letterhead, New Haven, April 6, 1913. To Charles G. Washburn
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