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Letter from Carol Stone

President Harry S. Truman
The White House
Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. President:

For all practical purposes this gesture may be a bit absurd but according to my standards of conduct it is mandatory.

Some months past you received a wire from me among the many protests, of your conduct in recalling Gen. MacArthur. I wired a supercilious message of condemnation for what I thought an unwise and unjustified action on your part. At the time I was inflamed by the mass reaction of those around me and came to my judgement with shamefully little knowledge of the situation. I have today been more thoroughly informed of the issues involved and, In consequence, feel obligated to apologize to you even with the certainty that neither the original wire nor the apology will be brought to your attention. One must be set right with oneself and I trust that my withdrawal of thestatement In that wire will win my own forgiveness fur such impulsive and unfair conduct.

Respectfully yours,

Carol Stone

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