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Excellent letter signed by Harry Truman as President, dated 21 December 1948 on White House stationery. Truman writes to Dr. G. Bromley Oxnam, Bishop of the Methodist Church in New York City regarding the famous Communist ''witch hunt'' of the House Un-American Activities Committee. Shortly before writing this letter, the Committee had interviewed Alger Hiss -- as he was named a Communist by former Soviet spy Whittaker Chambers, and was apparently now putting the Methodist Church in its sights. Letter reads in part, ''...I had already seen in the press the answer of the Council of Bishops of the Methodist Church to the charges of the Un-American Activities Committee but am glad to have for ready reference the complete text of the release prepared for the papers of December fifth. The great American public will be strengthened by the assurance that Communism has not infiltrated the churches of this Nation...[signed] Harry Truman''. Measures 7'' x 8.75''. Single horizontal fold and light creasing, otherwise near fine. With originally White House transmittal envelope.
Harry Truman Letter Signed as President With Rare Communist Content -- ''...to the charges of the Un-American Activities Committee...communism has not infiltrated the churches of this Nation...''
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