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Diary Entry of Harry S. Truman

Date:
1947-01-06T00:00:00
Description:
Arose at 5:45 A.M. read the papers and at 7:10 walked to the station to meet the family. Took 35 minutes. It was a good walk. Sure is fine to have them back. This great white jail is a hell of a place in which to be alone. While I work from early morning until late at night, it is a ghostly place. The floors pop and crack all night long. Anyone with imagination can see old Jim Buchanan walking up and down worrying about conditions not of his making. Then there's Van Buren who inherited a terrible mess from his predecessor as did poor old James Madison. Of course Andrew Johnson was the worst mistreated of any of them. But they all walk up and down the halls of this place and moan about what they should have done and didn't. So-you see. I've only named a few. The ones who had Boswells and New England historians are too busy trying to control heaven and hell to come back here. So the tortured souls who were and are misrepresented in history are the ones who come back. It's a hell of a place. Read my annual message. It was good if I do say it myself. Outlines by me to begin with, the cabinet, the little cabinet, Sam Rosenman, the Chief Justice all added criticisms. Clark Clifford did most of the work. He's a nice boy and will go places., 5 days past Monday, January 6, 1947 359 days to come Epiphany Arose at 5:45 A.M read the papers and at 7:10 walked to the station to meet the family. Took 35 minutes. It was a good walk. Sure is fine to have them back. This great white jail is a hell of a place in which to be alone.While I work from early morning until late at night, it is a ghostly place. The floors pop and crack all night long. Anyone with imagination can see old Jim Buchaan walking up and down worrying about condition not of his making. Then there's Van Buren tho inherited a terrible mess from his predecessor as did poor old James Madison. Of course Audier Johnson was the most mistreated of any o...
Subject:
Buchanan, James, 1791-1868, Rosenman, Samuel I. (Samuel Irving), 1896-1973, Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875, Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862, Madison, James, 1751-1836, Clifford, Clark M. (Clark McAdams), 1906-1998, Presidential family, Presidential messages, Presidential residences, Presidents
Partner:
National Archives and Records Administration
Part of:
1947, Diaries Files
Source:
https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5846968
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