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Description: DOUGLAS MACARTHUR
(1880 - 1964) American general and Allied Supreme Commander in the Pacific in World War II, accepted the surrender of Japan and was later dismissed by Truman for advocating an invasion of China. Superb content, very early A.L.S. "Douglas MacArthur", 20pp. 8vo. on "Plankinton House" letterhead, Milwaukee, Feb. 28, 1898 to "Miss Frances S. Rockwell", a young lady in Fort Leavenworth, Ks. with whom the future general, then 18 years-old, had become angered and here defends his honor. In part: "...Take Regina's word...made herself the belle of the evening - she has quite a habit of doing so. Don't tell the former bugler of the W.T.M.A. I said so though, or he will come up here with a gatling gun looking for me... [Milwaukee]is a gay and giddy place - piles and miles of pretty girls and good fellows...lately I have been unable to get away from my studies enough to keep up with the procession...you hinted that my silence upon the subject of Milwaukee was due to my penchant for some sweet damsel but really there are so many stunning girls here that I have been unable to pick out one...so I bow down and worship at the shrines of all but give my heart to none. When cupid makes a target of me I will let you know...that brings me to the 'note' affair...I have received absolutely no communication from Dravo, acknowledging the receipt of my letter...I wish to speak very openly and frankly to you about the matter and I hope you will not be offended...You say you wish the whole thing ended and that you sent the note because you prized our friendship...That is very pretty, and all that sort of thing, but it does not satisfy me in a case in which my character, my word, my honor is so deeply involved. For all I know, you may have said the same thing to Dravo...Every sentence - every line - every word must be believed beyond a shadow of a doubt or I can call no man, woman or child a friend...please state distinctly that you believe me...this is no child's play...I am going to follow the matter up no matter where it leads...I have been insulted and slandered...". With holograph envelope, near fine. An early indication of the pride and honor that would lead MacArthur to future greatness...and perhaps his ruin.

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March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT

Stamford, CT, US

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