Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Truman, Martha Ellen, 1852-1947; Truman, Mary Jane, 1889-1978; Truman, Bess Wallace, 1885-1982
Presidential family

Longhand Note of Former President Harry S. Truman, ca. 1954. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

Just before attending the British Prime Minister's state dinner I wrote mother and Mary as follows:

(Your correspondence difficult?)

To carry on my personal correspondence with the family I sometimes had to write the letters in sections. I usually was awake at 5:30 A.M. and was at my desk in the White House study at six going over papers and documents until seven and then a half hour walk, back at the desk at 7:30 breakfast with Mrs. Truman and any guests who were in the house at eight. To the office in the executive wing at 8:30, staff at nine or ten and then callers every fifteen minutes until 1 P.M. So family letters had to wait.