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Taft, William H.

William H. Taft - LS 9/9/09 from Beverly, MA on White House stationery to the Walter Dickey, influential publisher and Chairman of the Missouri Republican Party. Taft tries to explain his way around an obviously difficult bind on patronage. The letter is on the front and back page of folded bifolium White House stationery. There is a rubber stamp docket in the upper right corner on the front and some mounting traces with paper remnants on the lower blank half of the back page with Taft's signature. The letter offers an interesting look into Taft's handling of intramural party struggles over local patronage.