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Lot 248: Richard Nixon. 4 TLsS to Rex Scouten. 1965-1987.

Waverly Rare Books Catalog Auction 12-1-2016

by Quinn's Auction Galleries

December 1, 2016

Falls Church, VA, USA

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  • Richard Nixon. 4 TLsS to Rex Scouten. 1965-1987.
  • Richard Nixon. 4 TLsS to Rex Scouten. 1965-1987.
  • Richard Nixon. 4 TLsS to Rex Scouten. 1965-1987.
  • Richard Nixon. 4 TLsS to Rex Scouten. 1965-1987.
  • Richard Nixon. 4 TLsS to Rex Scouten. 1965-1987.
  • Richard Nixon. 4 TLsS to Rex Scouten. 1965-1987.
   
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Description: [Nixon, Richard] 4 TLsS from Richard Nixon to Rex Scouten. ++ TLS (pre-Presidential) signed as “Dick Nixon,” Nixon’s personal letterhead (New York). Typed text, in full: “July 6, 1965/ Dear Rex: It has been called to my attention that this week has been designated ‘Secret Service Week.’ Even though you are no longer with the Service and I no longer come under their protection, I wanted to again express my appreciation for your friendly, efficient service above and beyond the call of duty during my tenure of office. Pat joins me in extending our very best wishes.” ++ TLS (post-Presidential) signed as “RN” and addressed in Nixon’s hand to “Dear Rex,” on Nixon’s San Clemente, California letterhead. Typed text thanks “you and all the members of the Residence Staff” for “very beautiful floral and other expressions of your concern” during former first lady Pat Nixon’s illness. ++ TLS, signed as “Dick Nixon,” thanking Dorothy and Rex Scouten for their expression of sympathy following the passing of his mother (on Sep. 30, 1967). Typed date “October 13, 1967.” Nixon’s personal letterhead with New York address. ++ Typed text thanks Rex Scouten for “the courtesies he showed to Heidi, her sister, and her brother-in-law when they visited the White House.” Also refers to the Reagans’ dog “Rex” (the source of Rex Scouten’s nickname). Sep. 3, 1987. Nixon’s Federal Plaza letterhead, 4to. Near fine with contemp paper clip mark in margin. Provenance: Rex Scouten collection of White House Americana. Scouten served 10 Presidents (Truman to Clinton), including time as a Secret Service agent, Chief Usher of the White House (1969-86) and White House Curator.

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