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(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", 6pp. 8vo., Milwaukee, Feb. 5, 1898 to Frances S. Rockwell, a young lady in Fort Leavenworth, KS to whom the future general, then 18 years-old, feels he must explain some kind of potentially embarrassing situation in which he has found himself. In part: "...I am in receipt of your letter...asking an explanation of a certain note written by me...If you find nothing in the letter which is not the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, send the letter to C. Dravo [another young man who appears to have caused this brouhaha]...If, on the other hand, you doubt my statements, return the letter to me, and thus in severing our friendship crown Dravo's plot with success!...I would have treated his letter with the silent contempt it deserved...I send the enclosed draft simply to clear up a matter in which you are mixed up...You have the whole case before you, his manner of stating it, and mine. I ask you to judge between us. If you return the letter to me, I will take it you believe Dravo's accusations, no longer regard me as a friend, a gentleman, or a man of honor...The most disagreeable part of the transaction to me is that you could...have doubted my word. The mere thought that you have done this brings a blush to my cheek...". First page moderately soiled, somewhat brittle, else very good. A great example of the pride and honor MacArthur would show during his military career.

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