Warren G. Harding Thanks a Young Girl for a Four-Leaf Clover, Just as His Luck was Running Out

June 14, 1923

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Warren G. Harding Thanks a Young Girl for a Four-Leaf Clover, Just as His Luck was Running Out
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      That Warren G. Harding loved children, was superstitious, and didn't like to work too hard, are all attested to by this charming letter to a young girl, thanking her from the Oval Office for a four-leaf clover that she had sent him. He hopes that it will bring him good luck, he says, and that it will bring her more.
       
      Harding certainly needed luck that June, and lots of it: the scandals that would tarnish his legacy and make his presidency synonymous with corruption, were just starting to bubble up. He was, in fact, depressed, and about to leave the White House for a recuperative trip to Alaska. But four-leaf clover or no, his luck was running out: even as he wrote this, he was dying of heart disease and would never return from the West.


      Typed Letter Signed, as President, 1 page, quarto, The White House, Washington, June 14, 1923. To Miss Vivian Little in Hartford, Connecticut.
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      THE WHITE HOUSE
      WASHINGTON

      June 14, 1923.

      Dear Vivian:

      Thank you so much for the four-leaf clover which you were so good as to press and send to me.  I hope it will bring me good luck and that it will bring you still more of the same.

      Sincerely your friend,

      Warren G Harding [in autograph] 


      Miss Vivian Little,
      440 Prospect Avenue,
      Hartford, Connecticut.