FORD, Gerald R. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Gerald R. Ford, Containing the Public Messages, Speeches and Statements of the President, August 9 to December 31, 1974. Washington, D. C.: U. S. Government Printing Office, 1975. Large 8o, red and blue cloth, spine stamped in gilt.
FORD'S PUBLIC PAPERS, SIGNED TWICE, WITH A DRAMATIC INSCRIPTION ON THE FLYLEAF. The only President to ever succeed to the office because of the resignation of his predecessor, Gerald Ford here copies out and signs the oath of office he took on the day Richard M. Nixon departed the White House (including a rare full signature in the text): "I, Gerald Rudolph Ford, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. Gerald R. Ford, The White House, Aug. 9, 1974." This volume also contains the two most memorable addresses from Ford's first year in office: his brief Inaugural declaring the end of the "long national nightmare of Watergate" and his pardon proclamation one month later, absolving Nixon for any and all crimes he "has committed or may have committed."