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Hoover, Herbert (1874-1964) to Sanford Bates

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01809 Author/Creator: Hoover, Herbert (1874-1964) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Typed letter signed Date: 27 January 1940 Pagination: 1 p. ; 27 x 20 cm.

Written as chairman of the Finnish Relief Fund on stationary to Bates as the Executive Director of the Boys Clubs of America. Thanks him for joining in the support of the Finnish Relief Fund, which was set up by Hoover to assist Finland during the Russo-Finnish War in 1939-1940. Remarks that he does not wish to lessen support for causes at home but believes that "America should also make some sacrifices for the brave people of Finland, who are making such an heroic stand against the forces of primitive savagery."

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