Invasion of Normandy
Paratrooper’s Letter Details Play-by-Play of His D-Day

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  “I landed under heavy small arms fire in a dry field near a farmhouse. I cut my way out of my harness and dashed for the nearest hedgegrow…”   Frank E. McKee was a Sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, 508th Paratroop Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division during World War II. … Continue reading

J. R. R. Tolkien
[Text] J. R. R. Tolkien’s Perfect Letter to Nazi Publisher

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“If I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of Jewish origin, I can only reply that I regret that I appear to have no ancestors of that gifted people.” “If impertinent and irrelevant inquiries of this sort are to become the rule in matters of literature, … Continue reading

Charles De Gaulle
[Text] Richard Nixon’s Response to Charles De Gaulle’s Resignation

United States Postal Service

“We in the United States will not forget what you have done for France…” April 28, 1969 Dear Mr. President: It is with deep regret that I have learned of your resignation as President of France. I have greatly valued the frank and comprehensive exchanges of views it has been … Continue reading

1906 San Francisco Earthquake
[Text] Mark Twain’s Emotional Reaction to the 1906 Earthquake

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21 Fifth Avenue April 30. Dear Robert: I keep thinking about that picture – I cannot get it out of my mind. I think – no, I know – that it is the most moving, the most eloquent, the most profoundly pathetic picture I have ever seen. It wrings the … Continue reading

American Civil War
[Text] The Surrender Correspondence at Appomattox

The Library of Congress

The correspondence below follows the letters of Grant and Lee as they seek to find an honorable and acceptable end to this bloody war. APRIL 7, 1865 General R. E. LEE: The result of the last week must convince you of the hopelessness of further resistance on the part of … Continue reading

Iran-Contra Affair
[Text] Richard Nixon Writes Ronald Reagan on Iran-Contra Affair


Richard Nixon August 13, 1987 26 Federal Plaza New York City Dear Ron, The speech last night was one of your best. What was even more important than what you said was that you sounded and looked strong. You gave the lie to the crap about your being over-the-hill, discouraged, … Continue reading

Gerald Ford
[Text] Suggestions If Gerald Ford Had Won Second Term


The White House Washington November 2, 1976 Memorandum For The President From: James E. Connor Attached is a set of materials prepared for the transition to your second administration. The first paper, entitled “Planning the Transition” identifies items you may wish to consider in order to ensure maximum flexibility in … Continue reading