Known as "Silent Cal", 30th U.S. President Calvin Coolidge (d.1933) was a man of few words. Coolidge chose his words carefully when dictating the offered typed letter signed. Dated 1/22/27 on White House letterhead, this antique correspondence is a letter of introduction for John Hays Hammond, to Frederick G. Holcomb. Hammond was a prominent mining engineer and diplomat with a reputation for having the "Midas Touch", who also served as Chairman of the U.S. Coal Commission, while Holcomb's position was that of an "Auditor", stationed in "Porto Rico". Sized at 13-3/4 x 8-3/4", this sheet of stationery is folded to dimensions of 6-7/8 x 8-3/4". Moderate foxing has accumulated along a horizontal fold, without obscuring any of the typed content, and the back page bears album paper/adhesive residue at the corners. Otherwise, this heavy stock letter remains crisp and attractive.
The letter's content reads in full as "My dear Mr. Holcomb, This will introduce, to you the Hon. John Hays Hammond, who is making a short visit to Porto Rico. He is a man who has my absolute confidence. I have asked him to call upon you while he is there and thought perhaps it might be an opportunity for you to send me through him any information that you thought it would be desirable for me to have. I am exceedingly pleased with the reports that come to me of the successful administration of your office. With kindest regards, I am very Truly yours,", followed by Coolidge's ("7-8") strength signature. The middle passage of this letter sounds purposefully vague, and we can't help but wonder if Coolidge was asking for some type of financial spying intel. Full photo LOA from PSA/DNA, and University Archives COA.