Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969; Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965; Brewster, Owen, 1888-1961; Sparkman, John, 1899-1985; Lawrence, David F., 1888-1973; Bridges, Styles, 1898-1961.
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Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, ca. 1952. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

[Undated, 1952]

My dear Senator Sparkman: I've just been reading the reports of your spasm in the sheet run by that old counterfeit Dave Lawrence, on the steel strike.

Why didn't you come to the man who knows for your facts? Why didn't you obtain those facts and state them from the platform-the Democratic platform-instead of in an interview in a rotten Republican Propaganda Sheet?

This is your second effort to offend the President of the United States by a bone head approach. You and Adlai seem to be running against the President and the Administration instead of the Republicans and Eisenhower. Your open letter to me on the oil cartel would have been unnecessary had you come to me for the facts.

Only Brewster Bridges, Williams, and Noland write letters to the President in the newspapers. You've joined them! I wonder whether you understand that when you pull bone head plays like this you create glee and happiness in the camp of Ike and his cohorts.

You are receiving thanks and praise from the great metropolitan dailies for kicking the only friend who can cause your election, just as he caused the nomination of both you and Stevenson. I want no publicity or credit for my part in the Convention. But too many people know the facts for history to be garbled by any fool approach by the candidates now.

I can enjoy myself in a rocking chair on the famous balcony if that's what the Democratic Nominees want.


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