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TO HIS SPEECHWRITER DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER. Group of 12 typed letters, including one Signed "DwightDEisenhower" as President, some Signed "D.E." as President, some with secretarial signature ("D.E."), to his speechwriter Emmet J. Hughes, thanking him for his various supportive efforts. Together 15 pages, 8vo or 4to, White House stationery; some with paperclip impression, horizontal folds. Two with the original envelope. Vp, 1954-59

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17 August 1956: ". . .If by any chance this speech is not delivered, as written, to the Convention, I am most certainly going to plagiarize the parts that are not quotes from former talks. In the half dozen or so speeches that I have to make this fall, I can already see dreariness developing that will make my blood pressure rise to astronomical heights. . . . "

22 May 1957: "Again I am confronted with the inadequacy of my words in trying to express my appreciation of your willingness to spend Monday and Tuesday in Washington. I literally do not know how we could have been able to whip the speech last night into shape without your help. . . ."

20 November 1958: ". . . I do not believe that any such effort should be couched specifically in the terms of a freedom-communist struggle. Rather I believe it should be an effort of an affirmative kind because of a conviction that we have been woefully neglecting the field in which the democracies and, indeed, all civilizations based upon a religious faith, should be particularly strong. We have been tending too much toward the material. We have too much thought of bombs and machines and gadgets as the arsenal of our national and cultural strength. . . . The great problem is to get people--our own people and our friends--to understand these things and to think on them objectively and with a sense of inspiration and uplift. . . ."

31 October 1959: ". . . There is only one clause in your letter to which I seriously object, because it shows a misconception on your part. It reads '. . . the spirit and the direction of foreign policy as conceived and executived [sic] by the Department of State over these years.' The basic conception and direction of foreign policy is my responsibility and not one of any other Department or individual."

WITH--Retained copy of a two-page letter from Hughes to the President, warning him of the publication of Hughes's forth-coming book entitled, America the Vincible, which Hughes expects Eisenhower "will neither approve of, nor concur with." New York, 22 October 1959.

These letters present the trajectory of the friendship of Eisenhower and Hughes, which eventually came to an end upon the release of Hughes' book, The Ordeal of Power, in 1961.