Harry S. Truman: To Bess W. Truman:
The White House
September 13, 1946
I failed to answer your question about your car. It seems to me that if you can get a good price for it you may as well sell it and buy a bond, and then when we leave the great white jail a new car can be bought. The new cars won't have the bugs out of them for two or three years anyway. Be sure though that no regulations or price ceilings are in any way infringed, no matter how good you may think the friendship of the person you sell to may be. The temptation to take a crack at the first family for pay is almost irresistible and so far we've escaped any factual misdemeanor and I'd like to finish with that reputation. Save the number.
Hope you successfully finished your house cleaning. I sent you the time table for the White House yesterday. All the venetian blinds in yours and Margie's room are down as are the ones in the Red, Green and Blue Parlors. They've sent the big grand piano back to the factory. Claunch said the lid was cracked. Some nut had evidently let it fall and cracked it. I never told him that, but that is the only way it could have happened. Say hello to everybody.
Glad Aunt Ella is so much better and I'm also glad you found mamma improved. They're both nearing the final of course but I hate to think of it.
You are wrong about my diet and the ghosts. I am adhearing to the diet strictly; in fact I have to because I am only served what is on it. I get nothing else unless I eat with Pye or someone else. I had dinner with Clifford at his house last night. Vinson, Forestal, Hannegan, Symington, Tom Clark and Geo. Allen were the other guests. I did have to be very careful about the diet there because the food was plentiful and very good. Everything was discussed nearly from strikes to Supreme Court and from Wallace and his Crackpots to Byrd and his economic royalists. And some very serious studies were made of the law of probability. I got back here at 1:30 A.M.
Those roses came off my desk and they looked pretty. I told Bill Simmon to send 'em to you and Margie. Glad they were of some use. I have some very beautiful ones on my study desk now.
Say hello to everybody.
Lots of love Harry.
Had a nice thank you note from your mother.