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Lot #19: Richard Nixon Letter Signed, Alleging Voter Fraud in 1960 by the Kennedy Campaign, with Direct Mention of ''the Kennedy memory''


Richard Nixon typed letter signed, dated 1 February 1966 on his personal stationery. Written to journalist Earl Mazo - who authored Nixon's biography - Nixon alleges voter fraud by John F. Kennedy in 1960, and believes an enterprising journalist will report on the fraud after the ''Kennedy memory'' has faded. Mazo himself had reported on the purported 1960 voter fraud in Illinois and Texas, but it's believed Nixon killed the articles for fear of sparking a constitutional crisis. Letter reads in part,

''I found your suggestions most stimulating and you will probably see them plagiarized in some of my speeches in the weeks and months ahead, provided of course, they get any news coverage.

I was, naturally, most interested in your monograph on Johnson and Nixon, the politicians!...I also think that some enterprising reporter will, at some time in the future, write a story on the vote frauds of 1960 which might have a great national impact. I suppose, of course, that additional time must expire so that such a work would not appear to cast a reflection on the Kennedy memory...[signed] Dick''. Single page measures 7.25'' x 10.5''. Shallow folds, overall near fine. With Heritage Auctions provenance.
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