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Masaryk, T. G. (1850-1937) to Howell Smith

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05508.178 Author/Creator: Masaryk, T. G. (1850-1937) Place Written: Lany, Czechoslovakia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 November 1928 Pagination: 1 p. + env. 22.2 x 17.3 cm

Summary of Content: Masaryk thanks Smith for his letter and article in the Modern Churchman. He also writes: "politics must be based on morality & there is no better, higher & more human standard than Jesus' commandment of love."

People: Masaryk, Tomás Garrigue, 1850-1937

Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Subjects: Morality and EthicsPoliticsReligionChristianity

Sub Era: The Roaring Twenties

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