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Letter from Harry S. Truman in Washington D.C. to his wife Bess in Independence, Missouri. In this letter, Truman discusses his 1940 campaign for Senate reelection: "I wished then I'd never made the fight. But it was a good fight... I hope some good fact-finder will make a record of that campaign. It will be history someday."

Date: 
August 9th 1940

Letter from Harry S. Truman in Washington D.C. to his wife Bess in Independence, Missouri. In this letter, Truman updates Bess on his morning, including a meeting with Boyle Clark. When inquired about Missouri Governor Lloyd C. Stark, Truman said to Boyle Clark, "... I hadn't and didn't want to hear from the S.O.B. and that so far as I am concerned I didn't give a damn what he did or intended to do..."

Date: 
August 21st 1940

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to William A. Kitchen in which Truman updates Kitchen on an appointment made by the Postmaster General. He also confirms receipt of the clippings and information Kitchen provided on January 3, 1940.

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January 15th 1940

Letter from William A. Kitchen to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Kitchen discusses what may be done to facilitate the placement of a Missouri judge to the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals.

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March 27th 1940

Letter from William A. Kitchen to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Kitchen discusses the 1940 election and public reception to Maurice M. Milligan's campaign against Truman. Kitchen then details information he received concerning a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of Andy Murphy and the Union Electric Company.

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May 17th 1940

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to William A. Kitchen in which Truman replies to Kitchen's letter concerning Milligan's campaign and a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation. He also inquires if Charlie Carr sent the required documents in his proposed appointment to Judge of the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals.

Date: 
May 30th 1940

Letter from William A. Kitchen to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Kitchen informs Truman of invitation to speak on Truman's behalf at a League of Missouri voters reception. Kitchen believes it is best to decline the offer as it would allow Truman's campaign opponent Lloyd C. Stark to criticize Truman and his connection to the Kansas City organization.

Date: 
May 31st 1940

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to William A. Kitchen in which Truman replies to Kitchen's invitation to speak on Truman's behalf at a League of Missouri voters reception. Truman respectfully disagrees with Kitchen's suggestion to decline the invitation as it might allow Lloyd C. Stark to criticize Truman and his connection to the Kansas City organization. Truman believes that there is nothing for Kitchen nor Dan Carr to hide in their support of Truman.

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June 3rd 1940

Letter from William A. Kitchen to L. P. Presler in which Kitchen provides a personal recommendation of Harry S. Truman in his re-election campaign for Senator. Kitchen then asks for Presler's (misspelled in the letter) support of Truman as Truman will not have much time to campaign in Missouri before the August 6th primary election.

Date: 
July 27th 1940

Letter from L. P. Presler to William A. Kitchen in which Presler responds to Kitchen's letter campaigning on behalf of Truman. After addressing Kitchen as "My Dear Inconsistent Friend", Presler recounts a time when Kitchen tried to convince him to vote for Lloyd C. Stark. Stark then turned on Kitchen and the Kansas City organization. As for Truman, Presler says, "I know you will not experience anything in the future, with him, that you did in the past. He's 100% and of course, you can "sell" me on him.

Date: 
August 3rd 1940

Letter from P. C. Carlock to William A. Kitchen in which Carlock informs Kitchen of his desire to be the sub-carrier in Greenfield, Missouri. Carlock asks him if he may be able to help him procure the position.

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August 12th 1940

Letter from William A. Kitchen to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Kitchen informs Truman he just saw Truman's good friend P. C. Carlock. Kitchen asks Truman to do what it takes to appoint Carlock to his desired position as sub-carrier at Greenfield, Missouri.

Date: 
August 13th 1940

Letter from William A. Kitchen to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Kitchen discusses Truman's victory as Democratic candidate for re-election in the Senate. He then provides suggestions for Truman's fall campaign strategy.

Date: 
August 13th 1940

Letter from William A. Kitchen to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Truman comments on the difficulties of the primary campaign and responds to Kitchens suggestions on the fall campaign.

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August 15th 1940

Letter from William A. Kitchen to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Kitchen discusses suitable candidates for state chairman and other details for Truman's 1940 Senate campaign. In his postscript he urges Truman to attend the American Legion convention on Labor Day in Sedalia, Missouri.

Date: 
August 20th 1940

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to William A. Kitchen in which Truman thanks Kitchen for state committee suggestions. In the postscript, Truman writes in longhand: "Can't thank you enough for your help in campaign."

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August 22nd 1940

Letter from William A. Kitchen to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Kitchen discussing advertising for Truman's 1940 Senate re-election campaign. He informs Truman that he has been preparing campaign literature targeted towards veterans.

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October 2nd 1940

Letter from William A. Kitchen to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Kitchen discusses new developments on the appointment of a new judge for the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals. Kitchen inquires what might be happening in the Department of Justice concerning this appointment.

Date: 
November 19th 1940

Letter from Lou Holland to Harry S. Truman in which Holland expresses his appreciation for Truman's actions concerning "the WHB Radio Station matter." Holland remains cryptic in his prose and mentions he would like to meet with Truman to "discuss the Nichols matter" after the November 1940 election.

Date: 
October 29th 1940

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to Lou Holland in which Truman laments that "our paths cross but never meet." Although in Kansas City while Holland was in Washington, Truman will once again be in Kansas City on Thursday and he hopes to meet with Holland then.

Date: 
November 18th 1940

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