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Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman

Date:
1952-11-24T00:00:00
Description:
November 24, 1952, 5:00 A.M. The White House is quiet as a church. I can hear the planes at the air port warming up. As always there is a traffic roar������sounds like wind and rain through the magnolias. Bess's mother is dying across the hallway. She was 90 years old August 4th. Vivian's mother-in-law passed on Saturday at eleven thirty. She also was ninety just a month after or before Mrs. Wallace. When you are sixty-eight death watches come often. In 1947 my mother lay for weeks on a rocking bed suffering no end. When she finally, passed on I was over Cincinnati and instinctively knew she'd gone. I'd been dozing and dreamed she'd said "Goodbye, Harry. Be a good boy." When Dr. Graham came in to my room on the Sacred Cow I knew what he would say. I'd stayed by her for days and then had to come back to the Capital. Public business has to be cared for when a man is President of the United States. Since last September Mother Wallace has been dying������even before that, but we've kept doctors and nurses with her day and night and have kept her alive. We had hoped - and still hope, she'll survive until Christmas. Our last as President. This old House is a most remarkable one. Started in 1792 by George Washington's laying of the corner stone. Burned in 1814, by the British. Occupied by John and Abigail Adams. Abigail left some most interesting stories about its bleak cold interior, the unfinished East Room. Using the East Room as a laundry dryer, complaining of lack of servants' bell pulls and other things. Jefferson receiving diplomats in house slippers and a dressing gown. Dolly Madison loading pictures and books and documents into a wagon and escaping just two jumps ahead of the, British when they applied the torch. Then Monroe refinishing the rehabilitated old place with his own and some imported French furniture. And catching hell because he sent to Paris to buy things he could not ob...
Subject:
Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1850, Madison, Dolley, 1768-1849, Monroe, James, 1758-1831, Tyler, John, 1790-1862, Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845, Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848, Adams, Abigail, 1744-1818, Polk, James K. (James Knox), 1795-1849, Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841, Wallace, Madge Gates, 1862-1952, First ladies, Presidential family, Presidential residences, Presidents
Partner:
National Archives and Records Administration
Part of:
Longhand Notes - Presidential, 1944 - 1953: November 24, 1952, Longhand Notes Files
Source:
https://catalog.archives.gov/id/7542720
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