May 05, 2016 - Sale 2413

Sale 2413 - Lot 204

Price Realized: $ 2,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
"IF YOU AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE SCORE IS . . . THERE IS NO ONE . . . WHO DOES" TRUMAN, HARRY S. Group of 8 Typed Letters Signed, "Harry" or in full, 7 as President, including 3 with holograph postscript, to James M. Pendergast ("Dear Jim"), on various personal and political topics. Together 9 pages, 4to, White House or "Office of the Vice President" stationery, most with integral blank; condition generally good. Most with the original envelope. (TFC) Washington, 1945-52

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5 March 1945: Arranging transportation for a trip. The holograph postscript: "We've got a seat tied up for [Catherine]--that no priority can reach. I hope. I hope. I hope."
2 April 1947: Accepting his recommendation of [William G?] Boatright as a replacement of [retiring judge of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals] Stone, and thanking him for complementing [daughter] Margaret's singing.
8 November 1947: Longing to go duck hunting and conveying satisfaction at Margaret's singing tour, with a holograph postscript: "Say hello to Mrs. P. and the daughters."
27 February 1951: ". . . I am looking forward to the map on the redistricting of the State. If we don't watch that situation closely they will maneuver us out of a couple of Democratic Districts . . . ."
17 January 1952: "I understand that everything has been decided in the State and I would like very much to know just how it has been decided because I have some personal interest in the situation in Missouri. . . ."
29 January 1952: ". . . It has been a wonderful thing to be President . . . and have a line of Governors opposing every policy . . . , especially for the improvement of the Missouri River and for the fixing of the power problems . . . .
". . . I hope . . . I can see you and have a discussion on the Missouri political situation. It needs considerable discussion by people who know what the score is and if you and I don't know what the score is I suppose there is no one in the State who does. . . ."
with--Two typed letters from Pendergast to Truman, unsigned, retained carbon copies. The first, on personal matters and mentioning congressional redistricting maps. 1 page, 4to, "Jackson Democratic Club" stationery. The second, recalling their history together beginning in 1922 and ending with an account of how their relationship had soured. 4 pages, 4to. Kansas City, MO, 23 February 1951; Np, 8 December 1958.
James M. Pendergast (1896-1966) was the nephew of Kansas City political leader Thomas J. Pendergast. The younger Pendergast fought with Truman during World War I, and later became President of the Jackson Democratic Club, where he was instrumental in shaping fellow-club member Truman's political career.