Montgomery, Alabama: 1963. Item #1048
10½” x 7¼” (retained letter 11” x 8½”). Single sheet, typed letter, signed on State of Alabama letterhead, retained letter on orange paper. TLS very good plus with old folds and a staple in upper left corner; retained letter very good with a few closed tears along left edge. A response to a letter from a Georgia newspaper editor congratulating Alabama Attorney General Richmond Flowers for his stance on desegregation. The retained letter is dated May 4, 1963 and thanks Flowers for his stand “on the side of law and order and common sense in the distressing conflicts through which your state is passing at the present time. ” On May 2nd, Flowers publicly announced that Governor Wallace's position on integrating the University of Alabama was “tomfoolery” and said he would strike down any public official who defied an integration order while also attempting to “prevent violence and bloodshed. ” At the time, the state faced federal court litigation to admit black students to the University and Wallace stated that he would defy any court order that forced their admission. On May 16th, the court ordered the admission of James Hood and Vivien Malone, leading to Wallace's “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” and Kennedy's federalizing the Alabama National Guard on June 11th. Flowers' letter, dated June 17th, apologizes for the delay in his response with an understated “I am sure you do understand just how very busy this office has been. ” Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics.