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(1890 - 1969) 34th President of the United States, Supreme Commander of Allied forces in Europe during World War II and largely responsible for the successful invasion on D-Day. T.L.S. "D.E." as President, 1p. 4to. on White House letterhead, Washington, July 23, 1960 to his former aide-de-camp during the Second World War, Col. Ernest R. "Tex" Lee. Eisenhower urges Lee to "...quietly ask General Phillippi and General Kendall to forget about holding any festivities in honor of me during the remainder of my term. Unfortunately I am committed to all I can possibly handle from now until January twentieth, especially in view of the many messages that I must prepare and the extra attention to detail that an orderly transfer of responsibilities will entail. Furthermore -- and this is for your knowledge only -- I very much hope to get away after [the] election for two or three weeks in Augusta, and to work there, in comparative quiet, on the messages that must be made ready..." One of those messages would be his famous farewell address in which he warned of the rise of the "military-industrial complex". Usual folds, red ink notation at top right, minor marginal crease, else fine condition.

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March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT

Stamford, CT, US

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