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- Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972.
[Letter] 1957 November 12, Washington, D.C. [to] Francis E. Walter, Washington, D.C. / J. Edgar Hoover [John Edgar Hoover].
Hoover tells Walter he has just finished reviewing "Operation Abolition" set to be released by the Committee on Un-American Activities the following day. Hoover takes the pamphlet as evidence of communists enlisting the support of "misguided individuals" to aid in "their subversive workings." He closes by saying that Walter's Committee's role is well known to every patriotic citizen and "real Americans" will not be "fooled or misled by efforts to discredit your vital task." The letter's recipient, Congressman Walter, was chairman of the Committee on Un-American Activities. Walter also served in World War II and as a Representative from Pennsylvania in the seventy-third and fifteen succeeding Congresses, serving from 1933 until his death May 31, 1963. Hoover began his career as an attorney in the Justice Department in 1917; his early experiences included the deportation of alien members of the Union of Russian Workers and the American Communist Party such as Emma Goldman. He became Director of the FBI (1924-72) and established a fingerprint file, the crime lab, and the practice of infiltrating groups perceived as radical such as the Ku Klux Klan, the Black Panthers, student protest groups, and civil rights organizations. During World War II he aided in identifying German agents. He is remembered for his focus on eliminating what he perceived as the Communist threat.
- Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
[Letter] June 16, Paris [to] Col. Smith / Thomas Jefferson.
Jefferson makes financial arrangements to pay for a printing press and related equipment which he arranges to be sent to him in Paris. He asks his correspondent for news of America as he has not seen a report of Congress since October 10 or a letter from the Office of Foreign Affairs later than January. Jefferson further states that there is a "violent contest" between the king and parliament in France. Jefferson was active in the early republic as a member of the Continental Congress (1775-76, 1783-84), primary author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), Governor of Virginia (1779-81), Minister to France, Secretary of State under John Adams (1797-1801), and third President of the United States (1801-09). He also helped to found the University of Virginia and part of his library began the collection at the Library of Congress.
- London, Jack, 1876-1916.
[Letter] 1906 November 20 [to] Dad [Charles Warren Stoddard] / Jack London.
London writes to "Dad" (most likely Charles Warren Stoddard, see general note) that he is glad he liked White Fang because he too feels that it is some of his best work; London mentions that he is sending a clipping and is busy packing up. London wrote novels and short stories at the turn of the century, setting his scenes mostly in the Klondike (where he had himself participated in the gold rush from 1897-98) and at sea, using his background as an oyster-harvester and a sailor aboard a sealing schooner. London also published in periodicals, wrote socialist essays, and made a voyage across the Pacific.
- Porter, F.J. (Fitz-John), 1822-1901.
[Letter]  August 16 6:30 pm [to] General G.B. McClellan, Washington City / F.J. Porter [Fitz-John Porter].
This telegram was probably written using one of the ciphers devised by Anson Stager for the use of the Union Army during the Civil War. As only the telegraph operators had access to the codebooks used to decrypt the letter, this is probably a transcription of the telegram for transmission, or a Confederate transcription of an intercepted telegram. Porter was one of McClellan's officers who had distinguished himself in the Peninsular campaign; at the time this letter was written (probably 1862 as the codes were not in general use in August 1861 and Porter was no longer in the army in August 1863), Porter would be sent in a few days to reinforce General John Pope at what would be known later as the Second Battle of Bull Run (August 29-30, 1862). Because he did not move quickly enough, Porter was accused by Pope of failure to carry out orders. He was court-martialed for insubordination and cashiered from the army in 1863. Porter's loyalty to McClellan (who had political differences with the Washington administration) may have motivated this dismissal from the army. Porter protested the decision and fought for reinstatement and compensation. As President, Grant himself vouched for Porter, who was eventually vindicated in 1879; an 1886 Act of Congress restored his rank. He later worked for the city of New York.
- Richard III, King of England, 1452-1485.
[Deed of Release] 1484 May 1 [Granting the land Stacys in Pluckle(y?)] [to] William Pyx, Nicholas Bocher, Thomas Kingsnoth, and John Hert / [Richard III].
The note explains that the release entitled William Pyx, Nicholas Bocher, Thomas Kingsnoth, and John Hert to the possession of land called Stacys in Plickle (Pluckle) during the reign of Richard III. "Pluckle" may refer to the village known as "Pluckley," situated in Kent, not far from London. There are three contemporary places with vestiges of the name "Stacys": Stace Wood in Smarden parish, Stace Farm and Cottages in Brentley parish, and Stacey's Wood in Hillenborough.
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