June 20, 2013 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


ALS and TLS, W.H. Taft to H. C. Hollister

Lot of 4 with covers. All after Taft left the White House, and on his New Haven, Conn. letterhead. First ALS is 4pp, 5 x 8 in., dated 18 May 1914, signed Bill. Taft tells his long-time friend "Hol" about his post-Presidency activities, mostly lectures. Nothing would give me more pleasure than to take a day off... and look upon East Walnut Hills and the "Point"..., but I am a working man and my hours are fixed.

Second is TLS dated Christmas Eve, 1915, signed Wm. H. Taft. Thanking Hol for a book he sent. Mostly typed, but with a few corrections and additions handwritten.

Third is TLS, 3pp, 8 x 11 in., dated 27 Dec. 1915, signed Wm. H. Taft. In this longer missive, Taft tells Hol that speaking engagements and lectures in the winter are problematic when one gets a cold, which he did in Wisconsin just before Christmas. He also tells his friend that he has taken over the Chief Executiveship of the Red Cross: ...in  the present war there has arisen an unjust feeling against the Red Cross that it is anti-English and pro-German, and it is too bad to have so good a work in any way obstructed by this misconception. He goes on to say that he will not take any compensation, other than to pay a secretary. I now give four lectures a week at Yale. Next year they want me to take an hour a week on international law. I don't know much about international law, but I told Hadley I thought I might keep a lesson ahead of the class, and that if he would be content with that kind of instruction, I would be glad to improve my own education.

Last TLS is from 26 Feb. 1917, signed Wm. H. Taft. Asking Hol about a recommendation for a captain's commission in the Quartermaster Corps, Officer's Reserve Corps for a young man.

The Hon. Howard Clark Hollister was born on Mt. Auburn in Cincinnati, OH, 11 Sept. 1856. Interestingly, his “young” friend Taft was born 15 Sept. 1857 (the Taft house is also in Mt. Auburn). A newspaper article from 1910 notes that the two played marbles as boys. Both men attended Woodward High School, Yale University and Cincinnati Law School. (and even their sons, Howard K. Hollister and Robert Alphonso Taft, were born the same year - 1889). But Hollister’s path took him through a number of judgeships; Taft’s path took him to Washington and into politics before finally achieving his “dream job,” Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the only ex-President to do so.
Estimate: $500 - $700
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