Richard Nixon: Speeches, Writings, Documents

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2.
Two letters (1923 and 1924)

The ten-year-old Nixon's letter to his mother addressed
to “My Dear Master” and signed “Your good dog,
Richard” (it was composed for a school assignment to
write a letter in the voice of a pet) has long proved a
fascination for psychobiographers, with its fantastic
images of unearned persecutions. His letter ten weeks
later to the conservative big-city daily his family took
and which he devoured foreshadows another Nixonian
trait: an awkward willingness to grovel before high-sta-
tus elders to elevate his station in life.

Nov. 12, 1923

My Dear Master:

The two dogs that you left with me are very bad to me. Their dog, Jim, is very old and he will never talk or play with me. One Saturday the boys went hunting. Jim and myself went with them. While going through the woods one of the boys triped and fell on me. I lost my temper and bit him. He kiked me in the side and we started on. While we were walking I saw a black round thing in a tree. I hit it with my paw. A swarm of black thing came out of it. I felt a pain all over. I started to run and

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