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1949. Signed. REAGAN, Ronald. Autograph letter signed. London, March 4, 1949. Two sheets of blue Savoy Hotel London stationery, each measuring 6 by 8 inches, and matching envelope. $6500.Rare and desirable two-page autograph letter signed by Ronald Reagan, written while filming in London, endorsing a plan discussed in his correspondent's previous letters and discussing the failure of the Protestant Church to attract the laity through the use of its most famous and successful members as the Catholic Church has done.The wonderful two-page letter written entirely in Ronald Reagan's own hand, reads in full: ""March 4. Dear Robert, Your letter has just been forwarded on to me here in London where I'm making a picture at present, which I hope will explain the tardiness of this reply. With regard to your plan I can only say it sounds very practical and worthwhile. It is an approach to the weakest link in our church set up which is the relationship between the church itself and the 'lay world.' The Catholic Church has capitalized for years on those of their 'laity' who achieve some fame or success and has used them as window dressing much as a college uses a football team etc. I think your plan is a splendid idea and should receive the close attention of the Church. More Power to you. Sincerely, Ronald Reagan."" Reagan likely wrote this letter during the filming of The Hasty Heart, one of Reagan's better films, set at the end of WWII at a military hospital in Burma. It was one of many Anglo-American co-productions of the period and is perhaps most notable as one of the films that Reagan starred in with Patricia Neal. It was the height of Reagan's career and he was already political, testifying before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. The church business discussed in the letter most likely relates to the Disciples of Christ. Reagan was baptized into the Disciples and was quite devoted to it in his younger years, teaching Sunday School and becoming involved in acting-related activities within the Church. Many argue that he got his start there. He remained part of a Disciples of Christ congregation until the 1960s when he became a Presbyterian. Original mailing stamps and markings.Fine condition.
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