Inscribed by Allen: To Leon Henderson an old comrade on the merry-go-round, who has always ridden it with courage and honor with warmest esteem Bob Allen.
Household Names: Washington Writers and Their Friends
The national fascination with what goes on in Washington is of long standing and shows no sign of going out of fashion. No longer a sleepy Southern town, the District of Columbia and its surrounding suburbs of necessity entertain and beguile a transient community of politicians, consultants, diplomats, journalists, and hangers-on. These newcomers arrive not quite sure of what to expect; they thrive for a little or for longer as their ambition and skills may decide; and they retire, honored or not, into the background against which new stars will, in their turn, seek to shine.
And in retirement, as often as not, they turn to writing their memoirs. Harry Truman, the first of a number of long-lived ex-presidents, more or less established a new tradition of presidential memoirs, and sales of his volumes were such that publishers have little trouble in attracting new authors once they are safely out of office. And lesser Washington lights, too, even without the prospect of huge advances, eagerly offer up for the benefit of all what insights their careers have brought them. Wordsworthians all, they express in a selection of language really used by men those thoughts and ideas that take their origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.
But Washington is an issues town, too, and the tide of literary creation does not always wait for retirement. The Cold War, and especially the confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union, proved fertile indeed for the creation of books by those in a position to know. Nor were domestic social issues unproductive, as the record fully shows. Nor indeed was any issue on which might be centered the ebb and flow of the political process, for the national desire to know more fully the truth of one's own assumptions or the folly of the other fellow's operates quite independently of substantive basis. Whatever the result in the political arena, these special pleaders, like Shelley, seek to be the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
There is more to literary Washington, of course, than memoirs and issue books; but these are the meat and potatoes of the local literary cuisine, and it is on these that this exhibit focusses. A stray flower of poetry has been included, as have been some minor presidential writings, regardless of subject, largely for the fact that these have been significantly inscribed by their authors. And from these, and the other inscriptions recorded in the catalog, we learn something about the relative density of the local literary community.
The recipients of 70 of the 78 books in the exhibit can be identified. Of these, 20 qualify as "Washington insiders," and they were given 34 of the titles by their proud authors. Another 29 recipients, not nearly so well connected, were given 36 titles; and, admittedly, some few of these were people with Georgetown connections, and one was this library itself. But these are quibbles. The list of recipients is almost as impressive as the list of authors, including such notables as Francis Biddle, Arthur Burns, Champ Clark, William Colby, Daniel Ellsberg, and Harry Hopkins, not to mention media folk like Bill Downs and Neil MacNeil.
No apology need be made for a list of authors that includes nine presidents: Carter, Coolidge, Eisenhower, Ford, Hoover, Kennedy, both Roosevelts, and Truman, as well as three first ladies: Lady Bird Johnson, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Edith Bolling Wilson. Then too, not all of the books were presented by their authors, or solely by their authors, and the list of those who have added their inscriptions to titles written wholly or in large measure by others includes such worthies (besides Eisenhower) as Dean Acheson, Spiro T. Agnew, J. Edgar Hoover, Nelson Rockefeller, and Harry Truman.
The books in this exhibit have, with only a very few exceptions, come to the library since 1970 as gifts, and Georgetown owes a debt of gratitude to all those whose generosity has made the exhibit possible. The careful viewer will find much to delight and to instruct, and hopefully, as Don Whitehead said of Bill and Roz Downs, to provide a solid guarantee against boredom, bombast and bad bourbon.
Inscribed by the author: For Siegfried Garbuny with my regards and best wishes - Francis Biddle October, 1961.
Signed by the author: Herb Block.
Signed by the author: Herb Block.
Inscribed by the author: Presented to Judge Alexander Mullvery [?] by Olivia. Washington June 6, 1907.
Inscribed by the author: For Don Shepard with kind regards from David.
Inserted presentation leaf completed by the principal author: [Presented to] Hon. Champ Clark of Missouri [By] W. J. Bryan with his compliments [date here] May 21--97.
First edition, copy no. 65. Inscribed by the author: To Hugh & Grace van Wagenen with best wishes of Wm. Jennings Bryan Dec 25th 1925. With a photograph of the Bryans and two of their bookplates laid in.
Inscribed by the author on a pasted-in slip: To Miss N[atalie] Lincoln Gratefully Wm F Buckley.
Inscribed by Acheson: To His Excellency Baron Silvercruys whose generous friendship has brought happiness over many years to Dean Acheson January 1952.
Inscribed by the author (at the request of the recipient's son, John): To Earle Mayfield with birthday greetings from James F. Byrnes April 12, 1959.
Signed by the author: J. Carter.
Letters to William F. Buckley, Jr. 1954-1961. Edited With Notes by William F. Buckley, Jr. Foreword by Ralph Toledano.
Inscribed by the editor on pasted-in slip: To N[atalie] Lincoln Gratefully Wm F Buckley.
By Senator Pete Domenici [et al.] edited by Senator Paul Laxalt and Richard S. Williamson.
Inscribed by Domenici: To My Dear Friend Arthur Burns From Pete V Domenici.
Inscribed by the author: To George H. O'Connor With regards Calvin Coolidge June 1920.
Inscribed by the author: For Denys P. Myer, with thanks for his great help in the writing of this book, and with highest regard for his relentless fight for an enduring peace. Alan Cranston.
Inscribed by the author: To Joe [Jeffs] with admiration & gratitude Bob Drinan SJ February 1988. With an autograph letter dated February 2, 1988, laid in.
Inscribed by the author: To Otto Guthe, as a reminder of our work together, over many years. With the author's regards. Allen W. Dulles Jan 18, 1964.
Inscribed by the author: To Otto Guthe, as a reminder of our years of work to-gether, with the esteem of the author. Allen W. Dulles 6 Oct. 1966.
Inscribed by the author: For John Osborne, with sincere respect and admiration for your skill and integrity -- then and now -- John Ehrlichman.
Inscribed by the "author": To The Baron Silvercruys -- Ambassador of Belgium -- with admiration and esteem and with deep affection for his gallant country. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Inscribed by the author: To Ann Batchelder with every good wish, James A. Farley.
Inscribed by Ford [for Robert K. Walsh]: Warmest personal regards. Gerald R. Ford.
Inscribed by the author: To Father Healy, with admiration and with appreciation for your many kindnesses. Best regards. Gerald R. Ford.
Inscribed by the author: Hon. James B. Scott With the compliments of John W. Foster. Nov. 9 - 06.
Inscribed (in volume 1) by the author: To Ambassador Baron Silvercruys with cordial regards from his old friend and colleague Joseph C. Grew 1952.
Inscribed by the author: For Olivia Tesone an oldtime & good Democrat with all best wishes Averell Harriman Feb 18.71.
Inscribed by the author: To Fred. Reinhardt. A wise Muscovite and warm friend Averell Harriman Rome July 1965.
Inscribed by the author: To Paul Pearlman with best wishes William Hillman and by Truman: Kindest regards to Paul Pearlman Harry S. Truman.
Inscribed by the author: To my good friend, Father Edmund A. Walsh from Herbert Hoover and A Happy New Year (anyway).
Inscribed by the author: To Hon. L. S. Rowe With the Kind Regards of Herbert Hoover.
Inscribed by the author: To Neil MacNeil and family the affections of Herbert Hoover.
Inscribed by Hoover: To Father Edmund A. Walsh With the Kind Regards of Herbert Hoover [and by Gibson] & Hugh Gibson.
Inscribed by the author: To my friend and colleague, Francis Biddle, who never could be a curmudgeon but who might be able to understand one. Harold L. Ickes Sept. 1, 1943.
Inscribed by the author: For Francis Biddle with the friendship and esteem of Bob Jackson.
Inscribed by the author: To Valerie Earle -- With best wishes Lady Bird Johnson.
Inscribed by Kefauver: For Francis Biddle one of our greatest Americans and always an inspiration to - Estes Kefauver May 1947.
Inscribed by the author: To Mr & Mrs Hugh Auchincloss who have been friends in the past and I know will be in the future. Ted Kennedy December 1968.
Signed by the author and inscribed by Jacqueline Kennedy: For Father Wilson with my deepest gratitude for all your comfort and kindness Jacqueline Kennedy.
Signed by the author and inscribed by Jacqueline Kennedy: For Father McSorley with the deepest appreciation Jacqueline Kennedy June 1964.
Inscribed by the author: To. Miss Lisa Sergio With Best Wishes Martin Luther King Jr. 6/16/63.
Inscribed by the author: December 28, 1976 for Valerie and Chester [Earle], solidarity forever, Jeane.
Inscribed (with recipient's name misspelled) by the author: To Father Healey Who has contributed the environment which made this book possible. With high regard Henry A. Kissinger.
Inscribed: To Arthur Burns, who will be stimulated, in my judgment, by these writings With admiration & respect Spiro T. Agnew.
Inscribed by the author: For Dr. Ira W. Pearlman With all best wishes, Joseph Leeming.
Inscribed (misspelling recipient's first name) by the author: To Allan G. Kirk from his friend, Walt Lippmann Nov. 11, 1947.
Inscribed by the author: To Katherine [?] & David Wainhouse from their affectionate friends Helen and Walt Lippmann July 1959.
Inscribed by the author: George O'Connor best wishes H. C. Lodge [dated in another hand] 4/4/73.
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Inscribed by Hoover: To Ira W. Pearlman Best wishes from J. Edgar Hoover 4.16.47.
Inscribed by the author: For Helen Burns who knows that: "heaven has no fixed address" pg 24 With warm good wishes Katie Louchheim June 19/73.
Inscribed by the author: For Dr. Ira Pearlman with kind regards Ross McIntire Surgeon General USN Washington D. C. November 18, 1946.
Inscribed by the editor: To Arthur Burns Who understands! D M June [?] 1969.
Inscribed by the author: For Dan Ellsberg With warm appreciation for his good opinion of this book! Dick Neustadt New York May 8,1963.
Inscribed by the author: Doctor Jon J. O'Brien -- The O'Neills think you are great. Many Thanks -- Best Wishes, Tip O'Neill Speaker.
Inscribed by the author: To William Colby Best wishes, George O'Toole.
Inscribed by Pearson: To Robert C. Byrd Who brings new life to the Senate from West Virginia Drew Pearson [and Anderson] Jack Anderson.
Inscribed by the author: For Eric Menke June 20--1955 Washington DC. Frances Perkins.
In a special presentation binding. Inscribed [in Laurance Rockefeller's hand]: To Arthur Burns -- With much appreciation for all your help and wise counsel Laurance S. Rockefeller [and by] Nelson A. Rockefeller.
Inscribed by the author: To Lisa Sergio with admiration & good wishes Eleanor Roosevelt. With a typed letter dated January 9, 1962, laid in.
First edition, limited issue, copy no. 640. Signed by the author: Eleanor Roosevelt.
Inscribed by the author: Inscribed for Mrs. Earle B. Mayfield with the good wishes of Eleanor Roosevelt.
Inscribed by the author: For Harry Hopkins with my affectionate regards Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Inscribed by the author: with the regards of Theodore Roosevelt Feb 19th 1909.
Inscribed by the author: To Ed Cady With appreciation for your many contributions to the Duke community -- Terry Sanford August 20, 1981.
Inscribed by the author: Okay-- you asked for it-- Love-- Eric.
Inscribed by the author: for Baron Silvercruys, with warm regards, Robert Sherwood January 1949 (This is sent at the suggestion of our friend, Oscar Cox.).
Inscribed by the author: For my valued friend Father Brian McGrath with my admiration, respect and best wishes for a happy birthday. I hope you enjoy reading my book. John J. Sirica.
Inscribed by the author: To Arthur [Burns] with best wishes Maury.
Inscribed by the author: For, Ralph In memory of our happy association Ed.
Inscribed by the author: For James P. Murphy -- Adlai E. Stevenson 1954.
Inscribed by the author: To James P. J. Murphy -- with best wishes -- Adlai E. Stevenson 1954.
Inscribed by the author: To William M. Franklin kindest regards from Harry S. Truman 5/10/61.
Inscribed by the author: Best wishes to Harry L. Hopkins II from Harry S. Truman 12/18/56.
Inscribed by the author: For Robert Silvercruys With my most friendly remembrances and with my highest regard - Sumner Welles October 17, 1944--. With typed letter dated October 18, 1944, laid in.
Inscribed by the author: To Bill and Roz Downs -- Two good friends whose company always is a solid guarantee against boredom, bombast and bad bourbon --- With Affection - Don Whitehead.
Inscribed by the author: For Lauinger Library G. F. Will May 28, 1978.
Limited edition, no. 32. Signed by the author: Edith Bolling Wilson. Card for requesting special presentation inscription laid in.
Inscribed by the author: For my respected friend and valued colleague, Bill Murphy, with personal regards and very best wishes -- Jim Wright 1-20-66.