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The Alan Gregg Papers

Title:
Unsent letters from Alan Gregg to Herbert Hoover pdf (60,599 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Unsent letters from Alan Gregg to Herbert Hoover
Description:
In these two "felt but not sent" letters written on the same date, Gregg begs to excuse himself from serving on Hoover's Medical Services Task Force because of congressional investigations of "subversive activities" of foundations.
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
3 (60,599 Bytes)
Date:
1953-11-30 (November 30, 1953)
Creator:
Gregg, Alan
Recipient:
Hoover, Herbert
Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Exhibit Category:
Postwar Work and Retirement, 1945-1956
Box Number: 13
Folder Number: 11
Unique Identifier:
FSBBFN
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Transcript:
November 30 '53
Felt but not sent
Dear Mr. Hoover:
As long as Congress continues to favor investigations as to the subversive activities of the foundations, including the one in which I serve, it seems to me that any connections I have had with advisory bodies in the Federal government might topically and agreeably be suspended. Consequently I beg you to excuse me from the Task Force for Medicine. You can easily find a substitute whose connections are completely free from any suspicions whatsoever, and who could serve you better for having no doubts whatever attached to the integrity of the work he would like to do for his government.
Yours sincerely
[END PAGE ONE]
[BEGIN PAGE TWO]
November 30 '53
Ditto
Dear Mr. Hoover:
I have recently learned that the legislative branch of the Government has decided to investigate the foundations again and to raise questions of whether their activities have been subversive.
While I do not for an instant challenge the right of Congress to do that repeatedly, I would feel my presence meanwhile on any advisory committee to a government that even indirectly challenges my loyalty might be an embarrassment to the Commission as well as being a humiliation to me.
I am consequently withdrawing from the other five government advisory committees I have served on and beg you to excuse me from further service on the Task Force for Medicine. This decision is based on a purely personal feeling. I hold it in abeyance during
[END PAGE TWO]
[BEGIN PAGE THREE]
the Congressional investigation of foundations sponsored by the late Congressman Cox. But I find a continuation of such feelings unnecessary since you can readily a successor for me who could serve you better for having no doubts whatever attached to the integrity of the work he would like to do for his government.
Yours sincerely
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