Lot # 160: Secretive Clifford Roberts Signed Letter Regarding Impermissable President Eisenhower Benefit

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Offered here is a fantastic, secretive letter Augusta National Chairman Clifford Roberts regarding the election of President Dwight Eisenhower. In 1953, after Dwight Eisenhower was elected President of the United States, Augusta National built the now-famous Eisenhower Cabin on its grounds. The only problem was that Augusta National's finances were poor, and they could not afford to build the cabin for Eisenhower. To finance it, Augusta National raised funds from a handful of well-to-do members. This was a rather touchy subject, as the club not only wanted to avoid knowledge of its own finances, but even more importantly, didn't want the press to gain knowledge of these possible impermissible loans benefiting the President.

In this "confidential memorandum," Clifford Roberts, who avoided using ANGC letterhead, writes to Augusta National member Duncan Macleod. The secretive Roberts references improvements to the club (the Eisenhower cabin), events that occurred in November (Eisenhower's election to a 2nd term), and the extension of a confidentiality agreement to January 1961 (when Eisenhower would leave office).

This confidential memorandum is signed by Clifford Roberts.  

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