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From Harry S. Truman to Bess W. Truman, August 18, 1924

Letter from Harry S. Truman at the Hotel Connor in Joplin, Missouri to his wife Bess in Independence, Missouri. In this letter, Truman describes his trip to Joplin with Jimmy (James M.) Pendergast.

From Harry S. Truman to Bess W. Truman, August 11, 1935

Letter from Harry S. Truman at the Hotel Continental in Washington D.C. to his wife Bess in Independence, Missouri. In this letter, Truman updates Bess on his visit with Tom Pendergast in New York, saying that he "... had a most pleasant visit with T. J. P. He [Pendergast] was as pleased to see me as a ten-year-old kid to see his lost pal."

From Harry S. Truman to Bess W. Truman, August 10, 1935

Letter from Harry S. Truman at the Hotel Governor Clinton in New York City to his wife Bess in Independence, Missouri. In this candid letter, Truman updates Bess on his morning and his trip to New York, saying that "[John N. Garner, Nathan L. Bachman, and William J. Bulow] had been to see T.J. [Tom Pendergast] and I must try to find out what they did tomorrow."

From Harry S. Truman to Bess W. Truman, August 1, 1939

Letter from Harry S. Truman in Washington D.C. to his wife Bess in Independence, Missouri. In this letter, Truman informs Bess of his upcoming plans and comments on the newspapers' opinion of Lloyd C. Stark': "The K.C. Star, the Post-Dispatch, and the Star-Times in St. Louis are giving Mr. Stark dig after dig. It looks as if their hero has feet of clay (or rotten apples)."

From Harry S. Truman to Bess W. Truman, April 30, 1933

Letter from Harry S. Truman in Grandview, Missouri to his wife Bess in Biloxi, Mississippi. In this letter, Truman updates Bess on his day and then informs her that "I shall have a great deal to tell you about the two jobs I'm to choose from when I see you. There are excellent reasons for taking either, and the same kind for taking neither, so we'll decide it later."

From Harry S. Truman to Bess W. Truman, April 29, 1933

Letter from Harry S. Truman at the Pickwick Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri to his wife Bess in Biloxi, Mississippi. In this letter, Truman provides Bess with another update on the layoff of 202 county workers: "The papers didn't treat me so very badly. I guess I'll survive-politically I mean."

From Harry S. Truman to Bess W. Truman, April 28, 1933

Letter from Harry S. Truman at the Pickwick Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri to his wife Bess in Biloxi, Mississippi. In this letter, Truman updates Bess on the public's reaction at Truman laying off over two hundred county workers: "I have had to go off and hide. I am now on the seventh floor of the Pickwick Hotel. The manager gave me a room without registering so no job holder who wants to stay on can see or phone me."

From Harry S. Truman to Bess W. Truman, April 28, 1933

Letter from Harry S. Truman in Independence, Missouri to his wife Bess in Biloxi, Mississippi. In this letter, Truman updates Bess on the newspaper's reception at Truman laying off over two hundred county workers: "The Star is off me anyway. I think our friend at the city hall has been "helping me out" down there."

From Harry S. Truman to Bess W. Truman, April 27, 1933

Letter from Harry S. Truman in Independence, Missouri to his wife Bess in Biloxi, Mississippi. In this letter, Truman warns Bess of the dangers that accompanies his responsibilities as Jackson County judge: "Please be careful about eating anything that comes in the mail. Someone sent me a cake the other day and I threw it away. With these discharges coming off you can't tell what they'll do."

From Harry S. Truman to Bess W. Truman, April 26, 1933

Letter from Harry S. Truman in Independence, Missouri to his wife Bess in Biloxi, Mississippi. In this letter, Truman informs Bess of some of the difficulties of his responsibilties as Jackson County judge: "It was necessary to make arrangements to discharge some two hundred people from the payroll and it was some job. If you don't think I had a headache when it was over you are mistaken."

From Harry S. Truman to Bess W. Truman, April 24, 1933

Letter from Harry S. Truman in Independence, Missouri to his wife Bess in Biloxi, Mississippi. In this letter, Truman informs Bess that he met up with Lee C. "Doc" Johnson, then spent the following day, "…trying to make a budget. It will require the discharge of some two hundred and two employees…"

From Harry S. Truman to Bess W. Truman, April 23, 1933

Letter from Harry S. Truman in Grandview, Missouri to his wife Bess in Biloxi, Mississippi. In this letter, Truman updates Bess on his meeting with Tom Pendergast, saying that, "He told me to do as I pleased with the county payroll, make the adjustments I wanted to, and he'd put the organization in line behind me. He also told me that I could be Congressman or collector."