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HOOVER, Herbert. Autograph letter signed ("Herbert Hoover") as President, to Mr. Lock, Washington, 22 January [19]32. 1 page, 4to (8 7/8 x 6 15/16 in.), White House stationery, integral blank, in very fine condition.
HOOVER, Herbert. Autograph letter signed ("Herbert Hoover") as President, to Mr. Lock, Washington, 22 January [19]32. 1 page, 4to (8 7/8 x 6 15/16 in.), White House stationery, integral blank, in very fine condition.

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HOOVER, Herbert. Autograph letter signed ("Herbert Hoover") as President, to Mr. Lock, Washington, 22 January [19]32. 1 page, 4to (8 7/8 x 6 15/16 in.), White House stationery, integral blank, in very fine condition.

HOOVER CORROBORATES AN AUTOGRAPH RARITY: "I DO NOT WRITE MORE THAN ONE LETTER PER ANNUM WITH MY OWN HAND"

A rare autograph letter, written by Hoover while serving as President, in which he unknowingly confirms a rarity for modern-day manuscript collectors. Responding to an autograph collector, the President writes: "I am glad to further the worthy cause of holograph letter collectors - though I do not write more than one letter per annum with my own hand. I deeply appreciate the sentiment expressed in your kind note."

Hoover likely exaggerated the infrequency with which he wrote his own letters, however, he may not have been too far from the truth. According to ABPC, only three autograph letters written during the Presidency have been offered at auction in the last thirty years (the most recent, a 1 page 8vo dated 23 October 1930, sold at Swann Galleries on 10 February 2000 for $26,000). John Taylor writes: "Hoover remains rare in ALS form. Even more than Woodrow Wilson, he was addicted to the typewriter...At one time Hoover himself claimed that he had not written more than a dozen autograph letters in his lifetime, and although this estimate was off the mark, his ALSs remain elusive" (Taylor, From the White House Inkwell, p. 176).
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