Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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These two letters begin with one from Bess Walford of the Philip Morris tobacco company. She thanked Abbitt for lending the company the unpublished transcripts of a joint hearing on the use of reconstituted tobacco that he had borrowed for them.

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This letter from B. F. Few includes a pamphlet entitled "About Cigarettes and Taxes" by Hugh Crane to argue against higher taxes in tobacco states.

George D. Gillespie wrote to Abbitt in response to an article by Abbitt published in the American Legion magazine (January 1966). In his letter, Gillespie contended that cigarette smoking helped him overcome tuberculosis and objected that Veteran…

J.P. Durham, Jr., Assist Vice President of Seabord Air Line Railroads of Norfolk, Virginia shown in photograph presenting a photograph of Seabord trains to Abbitt as G.C. Tate, Seabord’s Washington representative looked on. Description on back of…

This State Department Press Release announced the impending arrival of a Soviet agricultural group to the United States to observe farming techniques, confer with U.S. agriculturalists, and explore scientific techniques.

Anton Bartush of Minneapolis, Minnesota wrote to Abbitt to criticize his continued approval of price support for the tobacco industry. The letter was a response to an article by Abbitt whereby he stressed the great history of Virginia as a…

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Tuck conveyed a confidential request from a tobacco company for information about the PL 480 Egypt Tobacco Program to Abbitt. Abbitt agreed to forward the information to the company and to keep the interaction strictly confidential.

Paul Goddard of Burley Stabilization Corporation wrote Abbitt to praise the conclusion of the Philippine tobacco situation as a victory for the American tobacco farmer. Abbitt expressed his agreement in his reply.

This map shows where different varieties of tobacco were utilized throughout the world. Specifically it highlights where flue-cured, light air-cured, oriental and semi-oriental methods were used. It also includes graphs that illustrate the…

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C.R. Dunn of Baskerville, Virginia, wrote to Abbitt to praise his opposition to Kennedy's civil rights legislation and his recent speech on the House floor on the topic. The letter, addressed "Dear Watt," also included a postscript on the need to…
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