Washington DC: Feb 8, 1947. TL SIGNED "Harry S Truman" on "The White House" light green stationary. 14" x 8.75" folded, blank inside and on verso, light fade on fore edge and left side. Includes a copy of "The Catoctin Conversation". Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1947. First / First, pp. xiv, 3-283, INSCRIBED "For Sir Willmott Lewis, with the friendship and gratitude of his pupil, /s/ John Franklin Carter, Washington D. C. January 15, 1947. With such an early signing date and warm inscription, likely one of author's publisher's copies. Original brown cloth, clean, tight, square text block with only a few small chips on an otherwise VG DJ Fine / VG.
John Franklin Carter (1897–1967) was an American journalist, columnist, biographer and novelist. He notably wrote the syndicated column, "We the People", under his pen name Jay Franklin. He wrote over 30 books on a variety of subjects, including his detective novels about the character Dennis Tyler. In his column, he was one of the few who predicted Truman's victory in the 1948 presidential election. From the Dust Jacket: "Roosevelt, Churchill, 'Putzi' Hanfstaengal, Baruch, Harry Hopkins, and the author... The six men are gathered at a hunting lodge in the Catoctin Mountains during a fateful evening of 1943. Roosevelt and Churchill have agreed to hear the case of Ernest Hanfstaengal, formerly Hitler's close adviser and pianist and now a prisoner of war... All the way through there is the glitter of expert verbal swordplay." The conversation recorded here is imaginary / speculative, but is based on the author's intimate knowledge of these men. In the Introduction, Sumner Welles explains Operation Hanfstaengal, the background of The Catoctin Conversation. In real life, Franklin was in charge of Hanfstaengal's wartime interrogation, and was responsible directly to President Roosevelt. He worked in liaison with the Undersecretary of State on special confidential assignments in the field of political intelligence and psychological warfare.
Sir Willmott Lewis was the long time London Times international correspondent to Washington. He was known for his witty postings and being an erudite social celebrity. Fine. Item #1299
"Dear Mr. Carter: It certainly was kind and thoughtful of you to send me a copy of your book, "The Catoctin Conversation". I appreciate also the personal inscription. I read a review of this book in last Sunday's paper an I know I will enjoy reading it. Sincerely yours, /s/ Harry Truman" Mr. John Franklin Carter / 1210 National Press Building / Washington 4, D. C."