Lodge Jr., Henry Cabot

1938 TLS as junior Massachusetts US Senator, Nixon's 1960 running mate, diplomat

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(1902-1985) Grandson of Henry Cabot Lodge, Mass. US Senator 1937-44 & 1947-53 (1st Senator to resign seat since Civil War to enter the military). UN Ambassador 1953-60, 1960 GOP VP candidate with Nixon. Ambasador to South Vietnam 1963-64 & 1965-67; Ambassador at Large 1967-1968; Ambassador to West Germany 1968-69. Appointed by President Nixon to head US delegation to Paris Vietnam peace conference, served until December 1969; Special Envoy to the Vatican 1970-77. TLS on 10 1/2 x 8 US Senate letterhead, Washington, January 6 1938, to a Hyde Park, Mass. constituent. Senator Lodge thanks him for the "complimentary copy of 'Machiavelli of Nippon'" which Lodge assures him he will read with great interest. Victor Rine’s 1932 book, "Machiavelli of Nippon: Japan’s Plan for World Conquest", held that there was a secret Japanese plan, the “Tanaka Memorial,” to conquer Asia and then take over the world. The Tanaka Memorial is an alleged 1927 Japanese strategic planning document in which PM Baron Tanaka Giichi laid out for Emperor Hirohito a strategy to take over the world. First published in the December 1929 edition of a Nationalist Chinese publication, an English copy circulated before February 1934. Though its authenticity is not accepted by scholars today, the Tanaka Memorial was widely accepted as authentic in the 1930s & 40s because Japan's actions corresponded so closely to these plans. In the summer of 1927 Tanaka convened a "Far East Conference" with government ministers. The result was a rough consensus that Japan should support the Nationalist government of China against the Chinese communists, as long as the Japanese could convince General Zhang Zuolin to consolidate his base in Manchuria which would fall eventually within Japanese domination. The Tanaka Memorial is allegedly a secret report of this Conference, but its origin is still in question, some claiming it was a USSR forgery designed to encourage war between China and Japan, and advance Soviet interests.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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