Important People, Hoover Explains, Don't Have Time to Write Longhand - Or Like Their Letters Being Sold

April 3, 1959

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Important People, Hoover Explains, Don't Have Time to Write Longhand - Or Like Their Letters Being Sold
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      Here Hoover, well on his way to ninety, does what he did most after his presidency, and writes yet another letter; one among thousands, though none in longhand - an anomaly explained with this typewritten missive:

      "It takes more time from their work to write a letter than it does for a good secretary to prepare one," Hoover says. “And people sell them. One of mine was sold.”

      “Most men,”
      he adds, “don't like such trafficking in their letters.”


      Typed Letter Signed, 1 page, quarto, on his personal letterhead, Astoria Towers, New York City, April 3, 1959. To Sandy McClatchy in Haverford, Pennsylvania.
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      HERBERT HOOVER

      The Waldorf Astoria Towers
      New York, New York
      April 3, 1959
       
      Dear Sandy:
       
      I think you ought to know something about handwritten letters from people of great responsibilities.
       
      It takes more time from their work to write a letter than it does for a good secretary to prepare one.
       
      And people sell them.  One of mine was sold.
       
      Most men don't like such trafficking in their letters.

      I do thank you for your gracious remarks.

      Yours faithfully,

      HERBERT HOOVER

       
      Mr. Sandy McClatchy
      521 Avonwood Road
      Haverford, Pennsylvania