Herbert Hoover to Bruce Barton
Washington, D.C., 3 October 1933.
Typed letter signed, 1 page.
My dear Barton:
I have comp
lied with your momentous wish. Your friend does not need to send
an exchange. A smoking President receives enough pipes to last a life time. Likewise fishing
tackle. It is the only endowment he gets, except a troubled soul.
It seems useless to discuss the situation. The country is going sour on the New
Deal, despite the heroic efforts of the Press. Unless there is a halt, the real question will be that,
having cast off all moorings, will we swing to the "right" or to the "left". I fear first the "left"
and then when the great middle class (80% of America) realizes its ruin, it will drive into some
American interpretation of Hitler or Mussolini.
There is no trouble finding a large occupation in California doing nothing and
conducting a detached observatory of national trends.
You better come out here!
Mr. Bruce Barton
383 Madison Avenue
New York City, New York