January 23, 1973 · Washington
In full, “I want you to know how much I appreciated your December 29 letter of support on Vietnam. I am confident we are pursuing the right course to bring an honorable peace as soon as possible, and it means a great deal to have the backing of an old and trusted friend in these decisions. Herb Klein tells me you have been in the hospital. You are a great fighter and I’ll look forward to hearing the welcome news that you are back home. Pat joins me in sending warm regards to Helen and you. Herb Klein had worked for the Copley newspapers before and after serving as Nixon’s press secretary and Communications Director.
A conservative Republican, James S. Copley (1916-1973) was publisher of the “San Diego Union,” “The San Diego Union-Tribune,” and the “San Diego Evening Tribune” from 1947 until his death in 1973. He was Chairman of the Board of The Copley Press, a newspaper chain comprising 15 daily and 32 weekly publications. Copley died of cancer on October 6, 1973.
On the evening of the day he wrote this letter, January 23, 1973, President Nixon addressed the Nation from the Oval Office in The White House. He began, “I have asked for this radio and television time tonight for the purpose of announcing that we today have concluded an agreement to end the war and bring peace with honor in Vietnam and in Southeast Asia. The following statement is being issued at this moment in Washington and Hanoi: At 12:30 Paris time today, January 23, 1973, the Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam was initialed by Dr. Henry Kissinger on behalf of the United States, and Special Adviser Le Duc Tho on behalf of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. The agreement will be formally signed by the parties participating in the Paris Conference on Vietnam on January 27, 1973, at the International Conference Center in Paris…”
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