President of the United States.
Autograph Letter Signed, “RR,” two pages, octavo, [August 30, 1968], as Governor of California. A retained draft with a line drawn through after his secretary had types it and, generally, signed his name to the types version.
Dear Mr. Chandler,
I hope you’ll forgive me for not complying with your request. I know you wouldn’t want any trumped-up story with a carefully selected reading list designed to make me look scholarly or intellectual, and the plain truth is I’ve discovered books are something a Gov. (at least a new Gov.) dreams about, hears about, and stacks by the bed where they remained unopened.
I’ve been a voracious, and not particularly selective, reader all my life, but now reports and memorandums leave no time for books. Not even books about me.
A Few of your questions can be answered. For example, if one book had to be recommended or chosen for a life of exile on the proverbial island, I think the Bible would be the unquestionable choice. I know of no book that could be read and re-read and continue to be a challenge as could the Old & New Testaments.
This, then, makes the bible the answer to your question about a book affecting my life. I don’t mean to pose as a bible student and perhaps it is only now in the last years that I’ve recognized it’s effect on me. My mother was deeply religious and my early up-brining included regular Sunday school attendance. I’m conscious now of the extent to which I was influenced by almost a kind of osmosis.
Quest 5. As a child, I had a book that I read & re-read called “Northern Trials.” It was a book of the Northland, and of nature, with fascinating stories of all the animal life from the artic wolves to the King Salmon. A love of the outdoors was planted in me so deep it lasts to this day, which will come as something of a surprise to those Chronicle Editorial writers who mistakenly think I plot the destruction of the RedWoods.
Again my apology for not completing your questionnaire.
Framed (with brown inner and outer mats, with an engraving, in a wood frame with decorative gold trim) dimensions: 27 ¾ inches wide by 16 ¾ inches high.