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It was a mark of the man that a letter written as Vice-President on April 12, 1945, would be necessarily amended, as President, on April 12, 1945. Here, as President, Truman writes in longhand below the lighthearted typewritten message of earlier that day, this somber message: “We must postpone it [the game] now,” he said. “I’m in up to my neck and must think of my terrible responsibilities for some days to come.”
Truman would, within the year, order the first and only atomic bomb attacks in history; end the largest war in history; and commence a Cold War with the Soviet Union that would, for fifty years, make history. He would, however, on April 16th, 1946, - almost a year to the day he assumed the presidency - manage to catch up with Clark Griffith again, and throw out the first pitch at the Washington Senator’s opening game. It was a strike.
Typed Letter Signed, as Vice-President, with an autograph addendum written that same day, as President; 1 page, quarto, Office of the Vice President, April 12, 1945. To Clark Griffith in Washington.
Of the greatest rarity.
Used with permission of Shapell Legacy Partnership 2.
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April 12, 1945
Mr. Clark Griffith, President
Harry S. Truman
We must postpone it now. I'm in up to my neck and must think of my terrible responsibilities for some days to come.